Stress is your body’s way of responding to any type of demand or threat.
When you feel scared, your nervous system responds by releasing a torrent of stress hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol, that activate the body for emergency action. Your heart pumps harder, muscles tense, blood pressure rises, breathing quickens, and your senses sharpen. These physical changes increase your strength and stamina, the speed of your reaction time, and improve your focus.
Stress can also help you face new challenges. It keeps you steady to finish a business presentation, increases your concentration when you’re trying to take time off, or makes you study for an exam when you’d like to be watching TV.
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