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When we are stressed we go into fight or flight mode, which is our primitive response to danger. The sympathetic nervous system signals to the adrenal glands to produce the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol, which make your heart beat faster and raises your blood pressure. Your muscles tense up and blood is moved to your large muscles to make them stronger. Your digestive system slows down or stops. Your liver is triggered to boost sugar levels to give us extra energy and strength. This amazing chain reaction in our body helps us to either fight the enemy or flee. However in today’s society this is not so useful. When we were cavemen and had to fight a tiger you might be able to see the value of the fight and flight response, it saved our lives, and when we felt safe again our body would rebalance again. In today’s society when we are stressed with work, finances, children, moving home etc it is not often useful to fight or run, so we are left with this body reaction with nowhere to go with it. If our stress response is continuously being triggered it can cause us many emotional, cognitive, physical and behaviorial issues.

You only have to watch a cat to see the flight and fight response working as it should do. One minute their hackles are raised and they run to safety as they see a dog racing towards them. Five minutes later when the danger is over you may see them relaxing and stretching out in the sunshine. A brilliant example of the body rebalancing after the danger has passed.

Here are just some of the symptoms of stress:

Symptoms of Stress:

• Agitation

• Anxiety

• Anger

• Appetite – increase or decrease

• Autoimmune disease

• Blood pressure – increasing

• Blood sugar inbalances

• Blushing

• Burnout

• Chest pains (stress hormones can mimic heart problems)

• Concentration problems

• Cravings – particularly for things like chocolate, sweet things, bread

and alcohol, carbs and fats.

• Crying

• Depression

• Digestive problems

• Dizziness

• Dry mouth

• Energy – low

• Forgetfulness

• Habits – like pacing, nail biting, drinking too much, smoking, fidgeting

• Hair loss

• Headaches and Migraines

• Heart attack

• Immune system – low

• Insomnia

• Irritability


• Metabolism – slowing down

• Muscle tension and pains

• Nail biting

• Nausea

• Nervousness

• Nightmares

• Overwhelmed

• Pain

• Palpitations

• Period problems – increased PMS and irregular or absent (your reproductive system is the only one that can shut down and not kill you)

• Procrastination

• Tiredness

• Sex drive – low

• Shaking

• Skin conditions – like eczema, psoriasis, rashes, hives

• Sleep problems – too little or too much

• Sweating

• Stroke

• Teeth Grinding

• Thoughts – racing, irrational

• Tinnitus

• Urination – frequent

• Weight problems – loss or gain

• Worry

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