Where in your body do you feel stress? In your neck? Your back? Your stomach? Or maybe you feel it all over your body. We live such busy and distracted lives we may not even notice how stress is affecting us physically, mentally and emotionally until some disease or disorder has taken hold.
Stress is the body’s response to anything that we believe to be threatening, challenging or dangerous. The stress response, or the fight-or-flight response, is activated whenever the brain decides there is some sort of a threat nearby. Signals from the brain release adrenaline and cortisol, stress hormones, into the bloodstream, and energy is diverted to the cardiovascular system, respiratory system, and the muscles of the arms and legs, so we can either fight or run away from the danger. It’s a pretty amazing response really.