The human brain's great capacity to adapt to change and challenges (known as plasticity) makes it every bit as great a tool as it is purported to be. It has the ability to function under difficult circumstances (stress), or accommodate completely new behaviors for changing circumstances.
With the brains tremendous capacity to adapt, it's easy for one to get used to operating even though one is completely stressed out. So YEN.com.gh put together a list to help readers recognize telltale signs of stress - and how they affect us - in an attempt to help those "living in stress" without knowing it.
Eating disorder - Overeating or complete loss of appetite
Two thirds of people tend to eat more when they're stressed, while the remaining third tend to eat less. According to researchers, the body release a hormone called glucocorticoid into the blood stream when stressed, a hormone that encourages stress-eating and takes hours to dissipate.
Fatigued - A lack of energy even when rested.
Extended stress activates the brain's stress response system and accelerates the heart and respiration rate due to increased hormones in the blood. This in in effect activates the body's "fight or flight" response system, which uses more energy.
Indecision - difficulty making even the simplest decisions.
Test with animals have revealed that elevated stress renders lab test subjects unable to properly make decisions. Furthermore, the subject's decision making abilities tend to remain impaired for days. In other words, the greater the stress, the greater the chance of making bad decisions.
A shorter temper
Stress is an emotion that has been closely related to fear. When one is afraid, the body activates its flight or flight mode, which makes people defensive, aggressive, or angry. Since this reaction developed back when humans had to deal with wild animals in order to survive, this reaction isn't always a positive response in modern-day stressful situations.
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