When a person experiences stress, the brain responds by initiating 1,400 different responses including the dumping of a variety of chemicals to our blood stream. This gives momentary boost to do whatever needs to be done to survive. If left unchecked, however, the person can have a heart attack or stroke. Many people start drinking alcohol. They get depressed, find it difficult to sleep, experience chest pain. The body runs out of the immunity to fight diseases. Doctors call the body's reaction to stress as General Adaptation Syndrome (GAS).
- If you feeling overwhelmed, are you taking any measures to reduce that feeling? We all have stress in our lives; what matters is how we handle those stressors.
- Simple things we encounter every day may cause stress. Stressors could include a boss or co-worker, a daughter getting married, an ex-husband, money, a deadline to meet, the fast-approaching holidays.
- Stress can be emotional, psychological, and physical. Stress can make you sick, turn your hair gray and weaken your immune system.
"One new lesson I have learned from stress: It can cause shingles. The shingles virus does not age discriminate, despite popular belief."