“ No one can live without experiencing some degree of stress all the time.
Crossing a busy intersection, exposure to a draft, or even sheer joy are enough to activate the body’s stress mechanism to some extent.
Stress is not even necessarily bad for you; it is also the spice of life for any emotion, any activity causes stress.
But of course, your system must be prepared to take it.
The same stress which makes one person sick can be an invigorating experience for another.”
So what happens when you face stress?
First, your body prepares itself for confrontation.
Messages of fight or flight are sent from your brain to your endocrine ( hormonal ) system.
If the stress stops, you revert to normal.
Secondly, if the stress continues, you go into a stage of resistance.
Your body adapts by putting up barricades.
You tense your muscles, raise your fever & struggle to prevail.
You either run from or fight the threat.
Third, if the stress still continues, you may pass into the stage of stress exhaustion.
Your body cannot stay continually in the fight or flight state, so your system falls prey to anxiety, ill-health & chronic dis-ease ( disharmony).
Understand that this bodily response to stress is not exclusive to adults.
It can happen to anyone at any age including children.
This is why parents must be able to identify the conditions & symptoms of stress in their children & then know what the appropriate measures are to protect their health.
Part 3 ( next week ) will begin to show you what you need to do & will cover the first of the 4 major components in effective stress management.