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Decreasing Stress on the Mind and Body

I am writing about a talk on the effects of stress on the mind and the body as well as ways to decrease stress. I need help with writing the paper because I will write it as if I am presenting it to a group of highly educated men and women that work at a local computer software organization. I am writing it as if I will really be giving the talk.

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When the body is in stress it creates glucocorticoids, which are made in the adrenal glands. These glucocorticoids are epinephrine and cortisol, which both accelerate immune cells to move from the bloodstream into the tissue if needed to fight against an infection, and when the infection is gone, they return the body to homeostasis. When a person is in stress, these glucocorticoids do the same thing as if they were fighting an infection; however, if the body is in constant stress, it will continue to "fight the infection" and will not return the body to homeostasis. This can cause glucocorticoid receptor resistance and can cause the body to develop an even higher risk of depression, upper respiratory infections, diabetes, autoimmune disease, slower healing, and even cardiovascular disease (1).

The body's stress response kicks in when you feel there is a possible threat, which is necessary to ensure the best chance of survival. In the brain, the hypothalamus and the pituitary control the stress response. The adrenal glands also aid in controlling stress response by the kidneys. When the brain senses danger, it sends nerve signals down the spinal cord to the adrenal glands telling them to release adrenaline, which then increases the sugar in the blood, the heart rate, and the blood pressure. The hypothalamus sends signals to the pituitary ...

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Discusses how stress affects the body, the mind, and discusses possible ways to decrease stress.