Stages of the Stress Response

 

General Adaptation Syndrome (Stages of Stress)
Stages of Stress Response - The Alarm Stage

First Stage of Stress is “The Alarm”

When the brain signals the stress alarm the sympathetic nervous system is notified causing a hormone called epinephrine to be released from nerve endings.
  • Pupils dilate
  • Saliva and mucus secretions dry up
  • Tension is felt in the muscles
  • Heart rate speeds up
  • Digestive system shuts down to conserve energy
  • Breathing rate increases
  • Liver pumps stored sugar to fuel activity
  • Adrenal glands are stimulated to produce more adrenaline
  • Blood is diverted to the brain and muscles to keep them well supplied for the alarm stage
The Second Stage of Stress is “Adaptation”
The sequence of events in the alarm stage of the stress response physically prepares us to meet the proposed “danger” or “threat”. This “Fight or Flight” response may not be appropriate. Yet to some individuals caught in the cycle of adaption, they use this coping mechanism for all circumstances. Stress and anxiety of any kind are met with fear and frantics. How long a person can succumb to these symptoms repetitively before reaching the final stage of “Exhaustion” depends on their resilience, health status and energy levels.
The Final Stage of Stress is “Exhaustion”
Dealing with how one responds to stresses, minor and major becomes a priority for change so as to the prevent illness and disease. Once a person reaches the final stages of stress, their body responds by shutting down to preserve energy. Most often this is where illness occurs, forcing a person to rest and rejuvenate. Fatigue is a red alert and cause for concern when it becomes constant. The repair becomes imminent in order to get back to a healthy state of mind and body. We have a number of health supplements and custom compounded medicine to help you deal more effectively with stress
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