Stress fires up the body’s fight or flight response; a very primitive function of our brains that protects us from danger. The urge to flee, pounding heart, sweating, breathlessness and dry mouth are all responses the body has if threatened. They prepare the body to defend itself and mobilize you for survival and may even save your life.
But when there aren’t any charging tigers or elephants, and stressful daily activities like commuting, taking a test at school, worrying about paying your bills or meeting a deadline add up and you can’t cope with the pressure, the chemicals and hormones released on a continual basis can wreak havoc on our bodies.
Here is a round-up of some interesting (and a few most-shared) articles on the web from May 1, 2014 to May 15, 2014 from Psychcentral, “The Huffington Post,” an ABC News anchor and other psychology and wellness experts on how to deal with stress and panic in our daily lives.