Stress is the way the body responds to any kind of demand or threat. When danger arises, whether it’s real or imagined, the body’s defenses kick into high gear in a rapid, automatic process known as the “fight-or-flight” reaction.
Stress helps us stay focused, energetic, and alert when in an emergency situation, stress can save our lives. For example, stress can help you quickly slam on the brakes to avoid an accident.
But beyond a certain point, stress stops being helpful and starts causing major damage to your health, your mood, your productivity, your relationships, and your quality of life.
Your nervous system isn’t very good at distinguishing between emotional and physical threats. If you’re super stressed over a mountain of bills, your body can react just as strongly as if you’re facing a true life-or-death situation.
The more your emergency stress system is activated, the easier it is to trip and the harder it is to shut off.
And that can lead to serious health problems.
Stress is known as “silent killer” because people do not take stress too seriously when it begins to build up. Though a little stress is a good thing, if you do not give yourself a fix or break once in a while, your own body will force itself to take a break.
Stress can manifest in the body in many different ways.