Today the Monday’s Mindset call focused on the Chart “Stress Signatures” that I just posted on my blog.

Stress is part of everyones life experience. It is a natural reaction that is experienced both physically and mentally. Stress can come from responsibilities that we have everyday through work, family and even the goals we place upon ourselves.

Stress is actually beneficial to your health when experienced in short-term situations. It was designed to help you handle potentially serious situations. There are a series of reactions that your body goes through once the adrenal glands release the stress hormones known as adrenaline and cortisol. The reactions that these stress hormones create will increase your heart and breathing rates, and prepare your muscles in the event of you needing to run or fight. All of these reactions happen very quickly.

According to healthline.com, “if your stress response doesn’t stop firing, and these stress levels stay elevated far longer than is necessary for survival, it can take a toll on your health. Chronic stress can cause a variety of symptoms and affect your overall wellbeing.”

The most common symptoms of chronic stress include:

  • irritability
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • headaches
  • insomnia

Central nervous and endocrine systems

The article goes on to say that “your central nervous system (CNS) is in charge of your “fight or flight” response. In your brain, the hypothalamus gets the ball rolling, telling your adrenal glands to release the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones rev up your heartbeat and send blood rushing to the areas that need it most in an emergency, such as your muscles, heart, and other important organs.

When the perceived fear is gone, the hypothalamus should tell all systems to go back to normal. If the CNS fails to return to normal, or if the stressor doesn’t go away, the response will continue.”

You can listen to the call below. If you have not downloaded the chart, go to the article by clicking here.

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