Study showed increasing evidence indicates that nearly every illness know to modern humanity is influenced for good or bad by our emotions. The way we react to what comes along in life can determine how we will react to the disease-causing organisms we face, our feelings and the way we express it can either boost or weaken our immune system. I will discuss how stress can affect your health and ways to coping stress. The long-lived comedian George F. Burns said “If you ask what is the single most important key to longevity, I would have to say it is avoiding worry, stress and tension. And if you didn't ask me, I'd still have to say it.”
I. How stress affects your health.
A. Emotions cause physiological responses that can influence our health.
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a. Certain parts of the brain are associated with specific emotions and specific hormone patterns. Emotional responses affect the release of certain hormones which can affect health.
b. our body responds to stress with physical changes known as fight or flight, thus activates the sympathetic nervous system, and the pituitary gland to triggers hormones from the adrenal glands. (HR, Blood pressure, glucose, oxygen uptake)
c. Emotions have to be expressed somewhere, somehow, if they are repeatedly suppressed, causing conflict to control stress and ultimately reveal through physical symptoms, these physiological responses may weaken the immune system over time.
B. Adaptation to stress
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a. Our body continually strives to maintain a constant internal environment, this balance is called Homeostasis, allows the body to function as effectively as possible.
b. Reaction to stress. Three stages: Alarm reaction, resistance, and exhaustion/recovery.
i. Alarm reaction, the immediate response to a stress, the body evokes an instant physiological reaction within the organism to minimize the...