The ability to react in response to threatening events (freeze, fight or flight) has become part of life. In today’s complex and fast-paced world, stressors are more consistently psychological or socially based.
Continued stimulation of the systems that respond to threatening events may contribute to heart disease, obesity, arthritis and depression. Nearly two thirds of ailments diagnosed in the doctor’s office are adversely affected by stress.
One of the major stress hormones is epinephrine (also known as adrenaline). When the body is exposed to stressors, epinephrine is quickly released into the bloodstream to put the body into a state of arousal in order to cope with the challenge.
It is a lot more complex than this, but when epinephrine is secreted in response to prolonged psychological stress, memory can be impaired, immune function is suppressed and energy is stored as fat.
How to reduce stress:
- Take care of yourself – eat and drink healthy stuff, keep a positive mindset.
- Talk to others – share your problems and how you are feeling and coping with a parent, friend, counselor, doctor, or pastor.
- Avoid drugs and alcohol.
- Take REGULAR breaks (5 minutes every hour).