Stressin: Mind, Body, and Soul


  • The sympathetic nervous elicits a flight or fight response that is normally brought on by stressful situations.
  • Stress is good because it keeps people on their toes and allows them to complete their work, but too much stress can cause anxiety and depression, resulting in the feeling of hopeless.
  • This leads to procrastination, thus increasing the stress on the person and a vicious cycle continues. 

  • Stress can cause many affects on the body such as increased heart rate and blood pressure, increased respiratory rate, pupil dilation, and sweating.
  • Stress can also cause body pains.  Back and joints are some of the most common types of pain related to stress.
  • This type of pain is a type of “spidey-sense” that alerts you that something is wrong.

  • Stress on the soul is generally called storms by Christians.
  • We may not know why we are put into storms, much like Job did not know why God was allowing his life to fall apart, but we must remember that we need to stay the course.
  • It may be hard to hear God over the roar of the storm, but it is important to keep pushing forward and help build his kingdom.
  • Also, it is important to remember that while fighting through the storm, you will always come out better and stronger on the other side.  A coal put under intense pressure and stress results in a diamond!

Recommended Readings

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology 9th Edition by  Elaine N. Marieb and Katja N. Hoehn
  • In the Eye of the Storm by Max Lucado
  • Job and Luke from The Bible ESV



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