How Stress Affects our Bodies [Infographic]

In times of “stress”, there is a cascade of neurological and hormonal messages that occur that prepare the body to react, bypassing rational thought.

Sharpened mental focus

Liberation of fat and glucose for fuel
(delivered efficiently by excited cardiovascular system)

Increased heart rate, blood pressure

Slowed digestive processes (we don’t need it right now)

Increased perspiration (to cool working muscles)

Activated immune system (preparing to heal wounds)

Decreased blood flow to the skin
(reducing blood loss if we are injured)

Increased muscle tone and quickened responses
(to react quickly)

Increased breathing

Sharpened vision