The physical effects of stress or a stressful period will vary in strength. If you feel a little stressed out one day a work, you might not feel any later effects.
When our body deals with stress physically, it does so in in different stages depending on the length of the stressor. The model was developed by Hans Selye.
The first chemicals are being released in your brain, causing your heart to start racing, your blood pressure to increase and you "feel everything more intensely".
Remember that this is a normal (sometimes lifesaving) mechanism that we all need and experience.
Your body tries to endure the constant stressor by producing smaller amounts of the chemicals and hormones that caused the first response - it is easy to see how this in the long run can be harmful...
It is in the stage that you can reduce your stress.
Effects may first show when you take some time off - like a vacation
In this stage you need stress relief. In worst cases, you may also need to see a doctor!
In the initial stage, your brain is trying to help itself so to speak, by making you more alert to dangers. This is for you to make the right decision (the fight-or-flight response) in the moment.
The various chemicals and hormones raises your
Common effects are:
Note that if you only now and the feel exhausted or over-burdened, you can often resolve you problem by using the stress reliving techniques. But if you are scared or remember any of the above effects from your own daily life - I ask you to see you doctor.
Otherwise remember: That you have to observe the stressor in your life, recognize that you are stressed and realize that you don't have to be stressed ;)
|...and leading to
|Stress response in the three stages
|(amongst other things) temperature, heart rate, blood pressure and perspiration
|Headache, digestive problems, chest pain, breathing trouble and nausea
Your stress response is your own - stress is a lot more than just the physical effect. You may or may not experience these effects!