Whether you are being chased by an angry bear or being harassed by an overly eager salesperson, your body recognizes an alarm and pours stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol into your bloodstream. Adrenaline increases your heart rate and breathing rate and sends blood directly to vital organs for faster muscle response and quicker thinking. Cortisol flows through your body to keep the stress response responding as long as the stress continues.

The stress response can help you react more quickly; however if you were to experience the constant release of adrenaline and cortisol everyday, eventually exhaustion, physical pain, a decrease in the ability to concentrate, increased frustration, irritability, and insomnia would set in. Your body would become out of balance because we are not designed to be under stress all the time. Constant stress plays a heavy toll on the mind, body and emotional well being. Health and happiness depend on responding to stress appropriately. 

Even though stress is a common theme in many of our lives, not all stress is necessarily 'bad'. Some actually promote productivity, facilitate efforts and can be exhilarating and exciting! There is a sense of control and a sense of highly effective flow. This type of stress could include exercise, a promotion at work or getting engaged. It allows a person to grow and improve oneself and can motivate and challenge the us.

Stress should ideally decrease towards the evening to assist with sleep and is ideally in optimal zone during the midday when there are more resources and energy that can be devoted to problem solving for stress. Unfortunately, most of us do not engage in stress relieving activities throughout the day and instead, stress is built up overtime. Stress is continually increasing over the period of the day and there is little stress relief or management until it becomes a larger problem. It is important to recognize stress so it can be addressed with stress relieving techniques and create balance.

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Stress is the way your body responds to demands and its ability to return to an internal sense of balance. There are many examples of stressors including: exercise, hunger, a job promotion, relationship issues, an accident or a long daily commute. The brain receives information about the disruption and initiates a response to eventually help the body return to balance. 

Stress encourages growth when you are able to meet the demands of the change. It is a natural process and critical to your survival as long as your body is given sufficient time to recover between stressors. The body needs to be able to restore itself following a stressful experience. The challenge with stress is when you are not able to adapt to new demands and your body does not return to balance.

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