When you are exposed to stress, your body reacts in a few different ways. Firstly, it has a short term response (often known as the flight or fight reaction) which helps you to cope with any immediate threats. Your body releases hormones which increase heart rate, blood pressure and blood sugar levels while diverting blood to the essential organs like the heart and brain.
If the stress is maintained, so is the body’s stress response. This long term response causes continued increased blood pressure, increased blood sugar levels, poor digestion, inflammation and a weakened immune system.
If you are suffering from stress, you might be experiencing a combination of some of the following symptoms – feeling overwhelmed, irritable, ‘wound up’, anxious, scared or lacking in self-esteem. You might find that you are constantly worrying, find it difficult to make decisions or concentrate. Physically, you could be suffering from headaches, muscular pain, dizziness, tiredness and trouble sleeping.