Is Stress Just in Your Head or in Your Entire Body?
People often talk about feeling stressed as an emotion. In reality., every time you experience stress, it sets off a chain reaction that affects your entire body, not just your feelings.
When you experience stress, the nervous system alerts the endocrine system to start producing the stress hormones responsible for the fight-or-flight response – the body’s system for high alert. Respiration is increased to deliver oxygen to the bloodstream more quickly. The circulatory system accelerates the delivery of nutrients and oxygen to the muscles to prepare them for fighting or fleeing.
Small amounts of stress aren’t harmful, but chronic and persistent states of stress can have long-term health consequences. You can consult a doctor or therapist for professional advice on managing stress.