We all know how our minds are affected by stress, but what effect does stress have on our body—those physical things we sometimes don’t feel until years later.

Or how about when you are feeling stressed and you soon thereafter end up literally sick, with a cold or virus?  Are these related?

Scientists differentiate between two types of stress: short term, or acute stress vs. long-term, or chronic stress.

Examples

These situations produce an immediate and powerful stress, in a surprising or shocking manner.  This is where the so-called “Flight-or-Fight” response comes in.

Here are some common effects of Acute stress on your body:

Vata-Imbalanced

Stress causes feelings of fear, anxiety and depression.

Pitta-Imbalanced

Stress makes you feel uncomfortable and provokes you to become aggressive.

Kapha-Imbalanced

Stress makes you feel hopeless.  You tend to run away from or ignore stressful situations.

 

Examples

Chronic stress is the type of stress that can have a more serious physical effect for you.  Here are some common effects of chronic stress on the body:

 

Regardless of what type, there are many ways to deal with stress in your life, and that is what this program is all about.