Alarm Phase

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When a stressor occurs, such as a job interview which is about to happen, first adrenalin gets released, and shortly after follows cortisol. Both of them are stress hormones which divert all the energy resources in your body to selected functions to help you cope with the stress.

You experience an energy boost, because of the accelerated heartbeat, breathing and blood pressure, which deliver more oxygen to your brain for its sharp performance and give you strengths in muscles which could be used to run away from the stressor.

You are prepared now for the fight-or-flight response, where you could quickly react to a danger (because that’s how stressor is perceived) by either fighting it (having the interview) or avoiding it (running away).