Stress + Reaction

Posted on: March 26, 2008

This makes me wonder what comes first the chicken or the egg? Injury vs. stress, stress vs. injury. (‘injury’ here not necessarily meaning significant physical pain) “Stress, which evolved in part to keep you alert under threat of attack, triggers the immune system in preparation for healing wounds. The immune response then leads to sickness behaviors like fatigue and social withdrawal.” I was aware of the mind-body connection, in the influence the mind has over the body if it thinks it is sick (physically, emotionally, etc) but the immune tidbit is new to me. Just another reason why we should all take some extra time to de-compress and smile about the good things in our lives.

via Psychology Today, see Mind Your Body: Beating a Retreat


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