What is stress and the stages of stress?

Stress has more and more become both a symptom of life and the cause for many illnesses

Personality types and the impact of stress

Stress is something trivial to a person with Type B Personality. In normal circumstances their mechanisms have been finely tuned to appropriately react to the daily stresses in life.

Those with Type A Personality are high strung, highly motivated, quick to anger and oftentimes driven on a daily basis by stress and anxiety. Whether the stress has transitioned into an unhealthy stress is dependent on the severity and repetitiveness of the stress and anxiety.

stages of stress response

What is stress?

Stress is not always bad. “Stress” is basically something which creates a demand for us to react or respond.

Examples of Good Stress
  • Challenging Projects
  • Regular deadlines – (not critical deadlines)
With appropriate planning and structures put in place, ordinary stresses only need a certain degree of stimulus for a person to act. Setting realistic goals within attainable timelines minimises stress and anxiety. Consciously practicing our responses to challenging situations with calm and reason, makes future reactions less destructive to the body and to those around you. Taking care of your needs for exercise, rest, nutrition and therapy makes future stressors less destructive. For more on Coping with Stress >

Stress Symptoms

  • Cardiac Problems
  • Bowel Issues
  • Dizziness and poor circulation
  • Breathing problems, Athsma
  • Muscular pain and arthritis
  • Sleep Problems
  • Tension
  • Allergies
  • Diabetes, Elevated Blood Sugar
  • Ulcers
  • Blurred Vision and Eye Problems
The tactics we employ in surviving the stresses we are met with determines whether the influence of stress in our life is positive or negative.
Stress and anxiety at work
General Adaptation Syndrome (Stages of Stress)
Stages of Stress - 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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