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What are some ways stress can affect your body?

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The stress response is your body’s way of dealing with tough or demanding situations. It causes hormonal, respiratory, cardiovascular, and nervous system changes. For example, stress can make your heart beat faster, make you breathe rapidly, sweat, and tense up. It can also give you a burst of energy.

This is known as the body’s “fight-or-flight response.” It’s this chemical reaction that prepares your body for a physical reaction because it thinks it’s under attack. This type of stress helped our human ancestors survive in nature.

From: What Is Stress? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

The American Institute of Health: “What Is Stress?”

KidsHealth.org: “The Story on Stress” and “TeensHealth: Stress.”

Stress Management Society: “What is Stress?”

National Institute on Mental Health: “Fact Sheet on Stress.”

Mayo Clinic: “Stress Management.”

Harvard Medical School: “Understanding the stress response.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on November 26, 2018

SOURCES:

The American Institute of Health: “What Is Stress?”

KidsHealth.org: “The Story on Stress” and “TeensHealth: Stress.”

Stress Management Society: “What is Stress?”

National Institute on Mental Health: “Fact Sheet on Stress.”

Mayo Clinic: “Stress Management.”

Harvard Medical School: “Understanding the stress response.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on November 26, 2018

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