When you feel threatened, a chemical reaction occurs in your body that allows you to act in a way to prevent injury. This reaction is known as "fight-or-flight,” or the stress response. During stress response, your heart rate increases, breathing quickens, muscles tighten, and blood pressure rises.
Correspondingly, can you get physically sick from stress?
The stress from anxiety can cause feelings of very genuine sickness. These feelings often mimic the way illnesses make you feel. Your stomach can feel like it's rumbling and you may even feel nauseated. Feeling sick may be a sign that you've fallen ill, but it can also be a clear sign of anxiety.
What happens to your body when stressed?
Your body responds to stress by releasing hormones that increase your heart and breathing rates and ready your muscles to respond. Chronic stress can cause a variety of symptoms and affect your overall well-being. Symptoms of chronic stress include: irritability.
What are the long term effects of stress on the body?
This puts you at increased risk of numerous health problems, including:
- Digestive problems.
- Heart disease.
- Sleep problems.
- Weight gain.
- Memory and concentration impairment.