Stress is your body’s way of responding to demand or threat. When you feel threatened your autonomic nervous system responds by releasing a flood of stress hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol, which allow the body to prepare for emergency action.
- Your heart beats faster
- Muscles tighten, but may temporarily weaken
- Blood pressure increases
- Breath quickens
- Senses sharpen
These physical changes increase strength and stamina, and enhance focus. This is known as ‘fight or flight’ or mobilisation stress response and is your body’s way of preparing you.
When stress feels comfortable, it can help focus, keeping you energised and alert. In an emergency stress could save your life by allowing you extra strength to defend yourself, or to take evasive action to avoid an accident. Stress can also help you to meet challenges by sharpening concentration and focus in everyday activities, enabling you to become successful.
Anything beyond your feeling of comfort can often feel unhelpful, and excessive prolonged stress can feel damaging to mind and body; however we need to work just outside of our comfort zone to find success, so how do we find balance?
Call us to find out how stress can be used in a positive way, and to help build a better foundation for success by limiting the damaging, often misunderstood, negative effects of stressful situations that form part of everyday life. You can access your natural high drivers for success, learn to use them in a positive way, and banish negative stress for good!