All About Your Stress Response

Your stress response is the collection of physiological changes that occur when you face a perceived threat—when you face situations where you feel the demands outweigh your resources to successfully cope. (These situations are known as stressors.)

Physical Changes

When your stress response is triggered, a series of changes occur within your body. They include:

  • A quickening of your pulse
  • A burst of adrenaline
  • Redirection of blood away from extremities and instead to major organs
  • The release of cortisol and other hormones, which bring other short- and long-term changes.

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