Topic 2 What happens to your body when you feel stressed?

  • The autonomic nervous system regulates your heart rate, respiration, eyesight, and other bodily functions. The body’s built-in stress reaction, known as the “fight-or-flight response,” assists it in dealing with stressful conditions. Continuous activation of the stress response creates wear and tear on the body when a person is under long-term (chronic) stress. Symptoms appear in the form of physical, emotional, and behavioral manifestations.

Signs of stress:

  • Back pain
  • Stomach ache
  • Shaking
  • Problems in concentration
  • Irritability
  • Feeling restless
  • Forgetful
  • Using drugs or alcohol
  • Headaches
  • Increased heartache
  • Change in appetite
  • Change in sleeping patterns
  • Digestion problems
  • Dry mouth
  • Anger over relatively minor things
  • Anxious
  • Tearful
  • Prone to accidents
  • Sweating
  • Irritability or anxiety.
  • Depression.
  • Panic attacks may happen.
  • Sadness.
  • Consumption of alcohol in excess or on a regular basis.
  • Gambling.
  • Overeating or the onset of an eating problem is also possible outcomes.
  • Compulsively engaging in sex, shopping, or surfing the internet.
  • Smoking.
  • Using illegal substances.
  • Job burnout
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Hypertension
  • Frequent illness
  • Exhaustion