Our body’s reaction to stress used to be a matter of life or death. “From an evolutionary perspective, having a stress response is important. If you’re being chased by a predator, you need to get away, so your body responds by creating protective barriers to stress. Your blood pressure goes up; you become hyper vigilant.
However, not all stress is created equal. And today’s most common stressors are not predators or chases at all; they’re usually the little things that tend to wear on us over time.
“It’s when you react to answering emails and attending to all the notifications from your phone as if you are being chased by a tiger that stress becomes a real problem,” says Kaiser. “Chronic stress is what raises our risks for disease.
We can’t get rid of stress in our lives, so it’s how we deal with stress that will help us in the long run.” Whether you’re dealing with the pressures of workplace responsibilities or coping with a traumatic life event, the impact of stress adds up. Here are the ways your body is telling you that you need to relax. And to learn more about how stress can affect your body, This Is What Happens to Your Body When You Experience Stress.