Here’s How Stress Affects Your Mind and Body

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Stress is a normal biological and psychological response to events that threaten or upset your body or mind. The threatening "danger" that causes strress varies for each individual and can be real or imagined. During a threatening situation, your body activates its fight-or-flight mode, commonly referred to as "survival mode," to prepare you to respond to the issue at hand.

Your body’s response to stress is to secrete certain hormones that are helpful in that given situation. For example, if the stressor is a large, angry bear chasing you, your body knows to put your digestive processes on hold while also secreting adrenaline to power you through your escape. However, if stress becomes chronic, it can cause many negative effects to both your physical and mental health.