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20 February 2012

Know acute stress when you feel it

Stress in the Neanderthal's vocabulary referred to the adrenalin rush that he experienced in response to life-threatening situations.

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Stress in the Neanderthal's vocabulary referred to the adrenalin rush that he experienced in response to life-threatening situations. Today, the body still reacts to stressors in the same way. The problem is that our lives are riddled with these. Know the signs of acute stress – and learn to respond in such a way that you can negate some of the negative effects.

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The following are symptoms of the acute “flight or fight” stress reaction: a fast beating, racing heart, which is often palpable; blood pressure that soars; fast-racing breath; digestion that slows down; sweaty palms; dry mouth; tense muscles; glucose and fats that rush into the blood to provide energy for all the action taking place inside the body; rushing thoughts; and irrational fears and anxiety.

 
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