Title

Eating Better to Help Manage Chronic Stress. American Nurse Today

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2013

Originally Published In

American Nurse Today

Volume Number

8

Issue Number

9

Page Numbers

60-62

Abstract

Like many nurses, you may experience stress frequently, both on and off the job. Chronic stress can alter your equilibrium (homeostasis), activating physiologic reactive pathways that cause your body to shift its priorities. Physiologic effects of stress may include:

  • slowed digestion
  • delay in reproductive and repair processes
  • priming of survival mechanisms (respiratory, cardiovascular, and muscular) for immediate use
  • depletion of the body’s nutrients.