It is important to understand how stress works in order to better deal with it. There are three important stages to stress: alarm, resistance and exhaustion.
The first perception of something as stressful. Your body starts a fight or flight response before you’re even consciously aware of it.
When the stress continues, the body stays in the fight or flight mode for a prolonged period. This results in an increased metabolic rate.
After a prolonged fight or flight response nutrients needed to maintain health have been used up. The body needs calm to get back to rest and repair mode.
Most people cycle through the three stages of stress without realizing it. Even though there is no real physical danger of being harmed. However, emotional triggers are causing us to react like your being chased by a sabor tooth tiger.
Over time, going past our stress tolerance level wears on the body and leads to numerous health problems.