Chapter 2: Managing Stress

The Body’s Reaction to Stress

The body reacts to stress in different ways.

In the short term you can notice some of the following:

  • mind becomes alert
  • quick reactions
  • dry mouth
  • tension in neck and shoulders
  • faster breathing
  • faster heart rate
  • high blood pressure
  • sweaty palms
  • diarrhea
  • butterflies in the stomach
  • lump in throat
  • nervous laughter
  • bursting into tears
  • fidgeting
  • nail biting

If the stress continues and you do not do anything to cope with it here are some of the long term effects it can have on the body:

  • headaches
  • dizziness
  • ulcers
  • blurred vision
  • forgetfulness
  • indigestion
  • disturbed sleep
  • muscle aches
  • tension
  • fear
  • irritability
  • nervousness
  • loss of confidence
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • nightmares
  • drug dependence
  • excessive drinking
  • heart trouble
  • loss of appetite
  • mental breakdown

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