Manage Your Stress Chapter 8


Stress Takes a Toll

The way we are programmed to react to stress is no match for the modern world. So many things trigger our stress response! When the stress response is rare, damage is minimal. When our bodies are flooded with stress hormones repeatedly, damage is unavoidable. Because stress increases our blood pressure and heart rate, cardiovascular strain results. Stress also slows down digestion, causing ailments including ulcers. Repeated suppression of the immune system, reproductive system and parts of the brain that deal with short-term memory also cause problems in those functions.


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CHAPTER 1

What Causes Stress?

When you face challenges that seem beyond your control, your body's stress response takes over.
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CHAPTER 3

Fight or Flight

A perceived threat triggers this heart-pounding, muscle-tensing state of alertness.
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Stress Takes a Toll

Over time, stress raises your risk of cardiovascular disease, digestive ailments and more.
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CHAPTER 10

Stress & the Growing Brain

Babies and kids who endure traumatic events develop different brain structure as they grow up.
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CHAPTER 14

Your Genes & Stress

Stress is one factor that can cause certain genes to switch on or off, affecting inherited traits.
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CHAPTER 16

Inherited Stress Damage

There is growing evidence that some stress-induced changes in gene expression care passed on to children.
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CHAPTER 17

How Stress Ages Us

Part of our chromosomes that protects our cells during cell division can be damaged by stress, causing speedier aging.
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CHAPTER 20

Coping with Stress

You can't eliminate stress from your life, but you can minimize the harm by learning to manage it.
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CHAPTER 25

Meditation in Focus

One method of stress-reduction, meditation, brings measurable physical and emotional improvements.
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