More blood goes to the muscles. They get ready for action Heart beats faster to get the blood to the muscles We may need the loo. This makes us lighter so that we can run faster Food processing stops. Blood goes from the gut to the arms and legs We breathe quicker. The blood gets more oxygen, ready to fight or run Hormones sent out that make the blood ‘thicker’ We sweat more to cool us down makes us harder to ‘grab’! Senses get better and time seems to slow down What stress does to the body
What happens to YOU when you get stressed? In your body? In your mind? In your actions?
Headaches Feelings of despair No energy Sadness Nervousness Anger/irritation More or less eating Memory problems Trouble sleeping Mental health problems (such as panic attacks, anxiety and depression) Brain and Nerves Acne and other skin problems Skin Muscle aches and tension (especially in the neck, shoulders and back) Muscles and joints Faster heartbeat Higher blood pressure, More risk of high cholesterol and heart attack Heart Long term effects of stress…
Sickness, stomach pain, heartburn, weight gain Stomach More risk of diabetes Pancreas Diarrhoea, constipation and other digestive problems Intestines For women – irregular and more painful periods, less sexual desire. For men – impotence, less sperm production, less sexual desire. Reproductive System Less ability to fight and recover from illness Immune System Long term effects of stress…