The STRESS process is a chain reaction that begins with a stimulus and ends with the end of symptoms, commonly referred to as "stress". The process follows the following steps:
S = Stimulus
The STRESS process is initiated by a stimulus or trigger that is either in our environment (person, thing, situation) or inside us (perception, feeling) or thought). The stimulus refers to the thalamus, the anterior-brain area, which acts as a switchboard that simultaneously transmits data to the amygdala (the limbic system – the brain's emotional center) and the neocortex (the thinking brain).
T = Threat
The stimulus arrives at the amygdala before it reaches the thinking brain. Our emotional brain checks whether the stimulus is an immediate or immediate danger. If the answer is yes, step 3 is skipped in the process because our survival can be highly dependent on us to "act now and think later".
R = Reality
Our brain is a virtual reality generator. The world is not objectively perceived, only by its subjective perception. Within our brain is the perception frame within which we create the full experience of the world. We are not passive experience of the world; we are rather the creators of the world we experience.
A moment after reaching the amygdala, the stimulus arrives in the thinking brain. Our thinking brain is about how the stimulus is interpreted. The emotional brain was right, and are we really in danger or overreacted or misjudged? According to our thoughts, stimulus stimulation can stimulate the stimuli as a threat, or you can either sound an alarm or turn off the alarm of the emotional brain.
E = Emotion
The fourth step of the STRESS process is emotional excitement. The real or perceived danger can be recalled by two emotions of fear and anxiety.
Fear is the oldest and strongest emotion. It provided survival as a species.
Anxiety responds to perceived future danger. This is a cautious approach when approaching potentially dangerous situations or situations with uncertain consequences. We respond with restlessness, nervousness, or dread, reacting, preparing, planning, and exercising, so we can mitigate the potential risk of a potentially dangerous situation.
S = Stress
In response to fear or anxiety, the stress response is automatically activated. During the stress response, hormones and neurotransmitters such as adrenaline and cortisol are released. These hormones and neurotransmitters prepare our body for physical action – to fight against a real or perceived threat (fight) or to escape (flight). As a result, we have our heart, our muscles and our sudden high alert.
Stress: Stress Symptoms
Stress is the last step in the stress process. & # 39; Stress & # 39; is the label used to describe the cocktail of brain-soul changes experienced as a result of stress response activation. This cocktail follows the following changes:
– cognitive (the way of thinking)
– emotional (as we feel and our mood)
– physiological (changes in our body)
– behavior (as it is)
The way we mix our stress cocktail is unique to all of us and as a result we all experience stress differently. However, our stress cocktail has two broad flavors:
1. Acute stress – the stress we respond to the real and current danger. After the danger passes, the stress response is turned off and our body returns to its normal balanced state.
2nd Chronic stress – the name of the prolonged and continuous activation of the stress response. Chronic stress can disrupt the process of almost every organism. Research suggests that chronic stress is the basis of many diseases and illnesses that overwhelm our health system and destroy the quality of middle and late life.
The Power of Knowledge
I trust you have found this explanation of how our brain-soul body utilizes the STRESS process. I found that gaining understanding offers more opportunities for people to change their experiences of stress. For example, someone who has focused only on increasing stress symptoms may decide to take steps to avoid or change the stimulus that triggers the stress process.
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