Blessed Stress

Stress is a normal and natural part of everyday life. Stress occurs when demands placed upon us exceed our body’s ability to cope. The body’s response to stress, often referred to as the “flight-or-fight” response, kicks in automatically at these times. The adrenal glands release stress hormones, including cortisol, adrenaline and corticosterone, which give you a boost of energy and strength to “fight” or “flee.” This makes sense when faced with a physical threat, like being chased by a tiger, but this same response also helps you deal with more subtle, but equally stressful psychological or emotional demands. For example, this energy boost can enhance your focus helping you to meet those deadlines at work or school, or improve mental clarity allowing you to quickly deal with a conflict in your relationships. So in this sense, some stress (and our body’s response to it) is good for you – it helps us respond in emergencies. When the stressful situation has passed, the hormone levels should naturally decline.
It’s when stress becomes chronic, or on-going, that it can create problems. Stress hormones have other, not-so-obvious effects. They play a role in metabolism, inflammation, and immune system responses. So when our body is continually stressed, that is, continually bombarded by high levels of cortisol and corticosterone, our digestive function can become impaired – leading to increased appetite and weight gain, our nervous system can be damaged – leading to anxiety or depression, and our immune system can be suppressed – leading to sickness or even autoimmune diseases.
So, while we don’t want to “turn off” the stress response, we also don’t want to remain in a state of continual stress. For a drug free alternative to high stress, check out Shelley, your friendly, stress free Energy Practitioner.