This response can be triggered by a range of circumstances, particularly change (whether positive or negative, mild to extreme, etc.). The body’s response to stress can include digestive issues, headaches, insomnia, and mood swings. Chronic stress can result in illness, heart disease, high blood pressure, and anxiety disorders. Stress isn’t always bad for us — it can boost our focus, energy, and even our powers of intuition . But it’s when the response continues for too long that mental and physical health issues can arise.
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