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Understanding The Stress Response

A stressful situation — whether something environmental, or psychological, can trigger a cascade of stress hormones that produce well-orchestrated physiological changes.

This combination of reactions to stress is also known as the "fight-or-flight" response because it evol...

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The Stress Response

When someone confronts an oncoming danger, the eyes or ears (or both) send the information to the amygdala, an area of the brain that contributes to emotional processing. When it perceives danger, it instantly sends a distress signal to the hypothalamus.

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The Stress Effect On The Human Body

  • The heart beats faster than normal, pushing blood to the muscles, heart, and other vital organs.
  • Pulse rate and blood pressure go up.
  • The person undergoing these changes also starts to breathe more rapidly.
  • Sma...

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Techniques To Counter Chronic Stress

People can learn techniques to counter the stress response:

  • Relaxation response techniques: deep abdominal breathing, focus on a soothing word (such as peace or calm), visualization of tranquil scenes, repetitive prayer, yoga, and tai chi.

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