The Impact of Chronic Stress During the HolidaySeason
Stress can actually a good thing. If a lion were chasing you, an increase in heart rate, muscle tension,and focus would hopefully help you escape unharmed!
Thankfully, we don't need to worry about being chased by a lion today. It might be someone cutting youoff on the way to pick up your holiday gifts that could put your body into the same fight or flight mode.Remember the last time you saw a car veering into your lane, and your heart rate went through the roof?That is an acute stress response in action.
Your brain and body respond to negative stress whether real or imagined, and chronic stress can have aprofound impact on your health.
Why it Matters:
Remember, in the short term, acute stress can be a good thing. It helps us react quickly. Your brain tellsyour adrenal glands to release hormones (chemicals) that help your body respond in an instant.
If, however, that stress continues, you may slip into chronic stress mode, which can wreak havoc on yourbrain and body.
What's more, the symptoms of chronic pain and chronic stress overlap and often feed into each other.Did you know...