How Our Body Manages Stress

You’re sitting in traffic, late for an important meeting, watching the minutes tick away. Your hypothalamus, a tiny control tower in your brain, decides to send out the order: Send in the stress hormones! These stress hormones are the same ones that trigger your body’s “fight or flight” response. Your heart races, your breath quickens, and your muscles ready for action. This response was designed to protect your body in an emergency by preparing you to react quickly. But when the stress response keeps firing, day after day, it could put your health at serious risk.

Stress is a normal response for our bodies. We need a stress response in times of danger or overwhelming fear or grief. This short term stress response is beneficial to our health. Stress becomes detrimental when we are in prolonged states of chronic stress. This constant triggering of stress hormones can lead to:

We are surrounded by stress. Stress from jobs, family, finances, and social interactions; just to name a few. We could easily let these things overwhelm us and let the stress affect our health. The healthier way to deal with stress is to start implementing techniques that can relieve those feelings.

Our lives will always be filled with stressful moments. It is important to make sure that they are simply moments and not a long lasting drain on our physical, emotional, and spiritual health.  We would love to help on your journey to less stress!

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Pietrangelo, A, Watson, S. The Effects of Stress on Your Body. Healthline