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Stress is the failure of the body to respond properly to physical or emotional or outside stimuli. The connection between the mind and the body is very real. Stress can affect our mood and lead to depression, poor outlook, over or under eating, dizziness, chest pains, panic attacks, self mutilation, sleep disturbances, substance abuse, and other symptoms. In life, we are all faced with stress. The body will usually release the hormone adrenaline which triggers the fight or flight response. Next, we usually react in ways to protect the body. However, in prolonged stress, resistance occurs next and the body tries to cope with prolonged stress. If the stress continues to be present, exhaustion can occur because the body has used up all of its resources to cope. A person at this point can become physically and or mentally ill. Therefore, there is a real powerful connection between the body and mind.
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