What is the Stress Response?

Stress is a biological and psychological response experienced on encountering a threat that we feel we do not have the resources to deal with.

A stressor is the stimulus (or threat) that causes stress, e.g. exam, divorce, death of loved one, moving house, loss of job.

Sudden and severe stress generally produces:

  • Increase in heart rate
  • Increase in breathing (lungs dilate)
  • Decrease in digestive activity (don’t feel hungry)
  • Liver released glucose for energy

https://www.simplypsychology.org/stress-biology.html

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