Let’s Talk Holiday Stress

November 7, 2022

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Stress: A state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances.

Physiological Effects of Stress:

  • Heart disease

  • High blood pressure

  • Digestive problems like diarrhea, ulcers, IBS, and more

  • Anxiety or depression

  • Sleep disturbances such as insomnia or fatigue

  • Decreased mental clarity

  • Decreased immune function

  • Increased risk for addiction, obesity, diabetes, and more

Physiological Effects of Stress:

  • Heart disease

  • High blood pressure

  • Digestive problems like diarrhea, ulcers, IBS, and more

  • Anxiety or depression

  • Sleep disturbances such as insomnia or fatigue

  • Decreased mental clarity

  • Decreased immune function

  • Increased risk for addiction, obesity, diabetes, and more

Diagram showing what stress does to your body

Common Sources of Stress:

Survival

Survival Stress

Fight or flight response.

Internal

Internal Stress

Worrying about things we can’t change, or being “stress junkies”.

Environmental

Environmental Stress

Response to things around you that cause stress.

Fatigue

Fatigue & Overwork

Long-term stress that builds up over time.

Burnout

Burnout

What happens when stress becomes too much to handle.

Fight or Flight:

Noticeable Effects:

  • Pupils dilate

  • Neck and shoulder muscles tense

  • Heart pumps faster

  • Chest pains

  • Palpitations

  • Sweating

  • Muscles tense for action

  • Breathing fast and shallow – hyperventilation

  • Oxygen needed for muscles

Fightflight

Hidden Effects:

  • Brain gets body ready for action

  • Adrenaline released for fight/flight

  • Blood pressure rises

  • Liver releases glucose to provide energy for muscles

  • Digestion slows or ceases

  • Sphincters close, then relax

  • Cortisol released (depressed the immune system)

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SPEAKING OF THE HOLIDAYS…Are you stressed just thinking about what’s to come?

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By Dr. Laura E. Cox, DAOM (C), NFMP, L.AC., L.M.T., CHP

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