If the CNS fails to return to normal, or if the stressor doesn’t go away, the response will continue.
Stress hormones affect your respiratory and cardiovascular systems.
You’re sitting in traffic, late for an important meeting, watching the minutes tick away.
Your hypothalamus, a tiny control tower in your brain, decides to send out the order: Send in the stress hormones!
These stress hormones are the same ones that trigger your body’s “fight or flight” response.
Your heart races, your breath quickens, and your muscles ready for action.Stress is a natural physical and mental reaction to life experiences. Anything from everyday responsibilities like work and family to serious life events such as a new diagnosis, war, or the death of a loved one can trigger stress.For immediate, short-term situations, stress can be beneficial to your health.During the stress response, you breathe faster in an effort to quickly distribute oxygen-rich blood to your body.If you already have a breathing problem like asthma or emphysema, stress can make it even harder to breathe. Stress hormones cause your blood vessels to constrict and divert more oxygen to your muscles so you’ll have more strength to take action. Under stress, your liver produces extra blood sugar (glucose) to give you a boost of energy.Chronic stress can also magnify the physical symptoms of menopause. »Stress stimulates the immune system, which can be a plus for immediate situations.This stimulation can help you avoid infections and heal wounds.Stress can also affect the way food moves through your body, leading to diarrhea or constipation.You might also experience nausea, vomiting, or a stomachache.This response was designed to protect your body in an emergency by preparing you to react quickly.But when the stress response keeps firing, day after day, it could put your health at serious risk.