What Is Stress? | Stress Management

What Is Stress? | Stress Management


I’m Samantha Ibarguen and I’m an energy healer
and a wellness consultant in New York City. You can find out more about me and what I
do at Integrated Wellness — www.igwell.com. Stress is the body’s response to any kind
of demand. So in life, we generally have positive stress
and we have negative stress. We are dealing with positive stress when we
are dealing with something like a childbirth or a wedding. And I think we all have experience with what
we would consider to be negative stress. Feeling overworked, going through a life crisis,
things like that. The body reacts the same way to all kinds
of stress. Whether it’s positive or negative, whether
it’s a physical threat or danger, or whether the stress is more emotional or mental. We generally deal with three kinds of stress. Survival, external, and internal. Survival stress is when we’re facing any sort
of real physical threat or danger. External stress can be caused by things like
work. Sometimes our families stress us out. External stress can be caused by things like
living in a big city with a lot of traffic, a lot of noise. And internal stress is anxiety. It’s worrying about something, over-worrying
about something that you can’t do anything about. Or worrying about something and not taking
any action around it. So when the body faces stress, it goes into
what we all know as the fight or flight reaction. The stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol
are released into the system and the body is ready to go. The pupils dilate, the breath quickens, the
mouth dries, the muscles tense and tighten, the heart rate increases. Now, if we’re dealing with any sort of physical
threat, this is a great reaction. The body is either ready to stay and fight
whatever we’re facing, or flee and get us into safety. Additionally, during this physical reaction,
the stress hormones are able to be flushed out of the body. If we’re dealing with a more mental or emotional
stress, this is essentially an ancient response to a modern problem. The stress hormones still get released into
the system, but without any sort of physical reaction. There’s no way for them to be flushed out,
at least in the moment. And something like this has the potential
to cause long-term pain, disease, or even illness. So that’s a little bit about what stress is.

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