Emotional vs. Physical
Human beings are the only animals capable of thinking themselves into
stressful situations. We are the only creatures "blessed with the
agility to become very anxious about the past and the future. Emotional
stress results from the processing of the past and the future where a
physical stress is the body's autonomic response to a physical
situation. Even exercise elicits a physical stress response releasing
adrenaline into the blood stream. (Runner's High) Chemicals released
between the two kinds of stress are different. Only two chemicals (norepinephrine
and epinephrine, which are commonly called adrenaline) are released
during physical danger, or exercise. A third chemical (Cortisol) is
released only during emotional or psychological stress. This chemical
breaks down lean tissue to produce the extra boost of sugars, as well as
allows excess acid into your system, which can cause ulcers.
"Butterflies in the Stomach"
This is really just blood being directed to the major muscle groups
because it's more important to be alert when in danger than digest
Have you ever been out of breath after
Breathing gets faster to supply more oxygen to your muscles.
The heart rate increases, and blood pressure skyrockets to supply
more blood to the necessary muscles.
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Perspiration increases to cool your body, which allows you to burn
Do you ever find that you have a stiff
back or neck after a stressful day?
Muscles tense to prepare for fight or flight in response to an
Have you ever noticed that if you cut
yourself in a dangerous situation, the wound stops bleeding more
rapidly than usual?
Chemicals are released to help blood clot faster.
Have you ever been surprised at the
amount of energy or strength you have in an emergency?
Sugars and fats pour into your blood stream to provide fuel for
During an alarm reaction, hydrochloric acid is released into the
stomach, which is empty, or if repeated over a long period of time,
can burn the stomach lining, esophagus, and upper intestines.