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The Science Of Stress

Imagine the scenario - you're running late for a meeting, or to pick up the kids, what are the thoughts running through your mind? Annoyance? Anxiety? Frustration? Worried about missing an important career chance or that the kids will be alone? Whilst these thoughts are racing through your mind in the space of about five seconds, what is happening in your body? The stressful thought (or thoughts) trigger an automatic chemical response in your brain that is known as the "fight or flight" reaction. This originates in the autonomic nervous system (ANS) and prepares the body for imminent threat (felt as the physical symptoms of stress such as shaking, dry mouth, racing heart, lack of appetite et

 

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