How Stress Affects our Bodies [Infographic]

By March 18, 2016 May 22nd, 2018 Body, Tools
Stress Affects our Bodies

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

Stress Affects our Bodies

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