Stress is a physical, mental and emotional state of tension resulting from demanding circumstances. When there’s a perceived threat, the body releases hormones such as adrenaline that prepared our caveman ancestors to fight or flee from predators. It still protects us today by giving the ability to quickly jump out of the way of an oncoming vehicle.
This burst of stress hormones is helpful when there is a true threat, but misinterpreting conditions as requiring this reaction results in a harmful constant flow of them. Immediate and cumulative physical effects of consistent stress include insomnia, headaches, digestive problems, a weakened immune system and an increased risk of a wide variety of health issues.
When your physical and mental health suffers, you can’t perform at your peak at work. Work relationships, creativity and the ability to complete tasks timely and accurately all suffer under stress.
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