Updated: Apr 2, 2020
Stress is a psycho-physiological manifestation of adaptation to a situation. In this context, humans must be considered as a sensitive receptor receiving information or stimuli from outside. The individual in interaction with his environment (social, family, work ...) reacts and adapts to the different situations encountered.
How the human body reacts to stress ?
The first mechanism of action involves the nervous system, in particular the orthosympathetic nervous system which prepares the human body to react by strongly modifying the internal balances. Many functions are stimulated such as: cardiac, respiratory, muscular, energetic, thermoregulatory, visual system ... while others, like the digestive functions, will be inhibited.
A second mechanism of action involves changes in the hormonal system (cortisol) which regulates long-term internal functions. Thus, the stress-induced disturbances impact the whole body in its functioning, which explains the lasting nature of the phenomenon and the difficulty in fighting it.
Several solutions exist to deal with stress
There are several types of alternative practices such as yoga or sophrology to help combat stress. These activities are based on performing stretching and breathing exercises that promote the individual's control over the normally self-regulating mechanisms of his body. The resumption of control of these functions induces a chain reaction allowing the regulation of the many other functions also controlled by the vegetative nervous system. Among these alternative solutions, Neural Up is an innovative neurosensory stimulation technology that promotes automatic regulation of the nervous system to stimulate the body's natural defenses.
Physical activity as an additional solution
Regular physical activity now appears to be an effective additional solution to combat the negative effects of stress. Indeed, sports practice obviously improves physical capacities (endurance, strength, balance), but also improves the capacities of essential physiological functions (cardio-respiratory and cerebral) while promoting the increase in self esteem. Thus, physical activity represents a means of self-training that allows everyone to learn to control their reactions and control their emotions.
By Gil Borelli PhD in Physiology