PART 1 : STRESSORS
Stressors are anything that causes the “fight or flight response” and are perceived as a threat.
There are two main categories: Physiological and Psychological stressors.
- Physiological affects the physical body and puts strain on the body. This can include chronic pain, excesses of heat or cold, injuries, to name a few.
- Psychological may be events like weather extremes, comments, and situations that are perceived as negative. They make us feel threatened and cause the release of stress hormones. Examples include: severe storms, volatile comments, an abusive situation, trauma, etc.
When we find ourselves in a situation where we feel threatened, the stress response system starts a cycle of events within the body. The release of the hormones adrenaline and cortisol occurs. These hormones are released by glands and communicate with the brain. The brain tells the various cells in the body to react. This reaction results in symptoms of stress.
Some stress, acute stress, only lasts a period time and symptoms go away once the threat is resolved. Other stress that is chronic can keep the body in a state of stress. The latter has more dramatic effects on the body. Chronic long-term stress can eventually affect the functioning of the body as a result of long-term symptoms.
It is important that you identify the stressors in your life. Take a few minutes each day to inventory the stressors you encountered during the day. Were they acute? Are they chronic? Keep a pocket journal and record these stressors so you can review at the end of the week and see the amount of stress you deal with daily.
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If you want more in-depth information I have included a website.
Center for Studies on Human Stress