Tuesday, 17 May 2016

What Is Stress?

According to 2 Timothy 3: in the last days perilous times or times of stress would be encountered. 2Ti 3:1 (KJV) This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.2Ti 3:1 (ASV) But know this, that in the last days grievous times shall come.

2Ti 3:1 (BBE) But be certain of this, that in the last days times of trouble will come.
2Ti 3:1 (DBY) But this know, that in [the] last days difficult times shall be there;    2Ti 3:1 (RSV) But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of stress. It is apparent that today, the last days almost everyone in the developed or non-developed, from every level of society and echelon encounter the phenomenon called stress.

The word stress may mean; pressure, strain, anxiety, constant worry, nervous, tension, trauma, hassle. Stress can therefore be defined as the body's physical reaction to an overwhelming, confusing or exciting situation.
Raymond Mukaro
Picture By Life Moments Media. Raymond Mukaro.
Your body functions on two different nervous system: the sympathetic and the para-sympathetic nervous system. When you are faced with a challenge or with danger and your body is programmed to give a heightened response, triggered by adrenaline. So blood rushes to the muscles and heart, your blood pressure increases, your breathing gets shallow, and your eyes become dilated. Your body's functioning moves away from things like your gastro-intestinal system and metabolism, because you do not need them for this response.

The problem is that most people function continually in that state and that causes damage to our bodies, because it is not meant to be a prolonged condition.

When your body is in para-sympathetic state, however, it is relaxed. Your blood pressure drops, your breathing is deep, your muscles are relaxed and your heart rate is down. This allows your body to repair and regenerate itself. The body responds in a number of ways partially outlined below.
By Pride Sibiya

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