Managing Stress

Stress is not a diagnosis, it’s a process. Whenever you feel under pressure or think you will fail, your body undergoes stress.

This process varies from person to person, as what some people perceive to be a stressful situation others don’t. There are two types of triggers that can set off stress, the first of which is internal situations and the way you think about external situations. The second is external situations such as having a heavy workload or too much responsibility, working long hours, or poor time management.

When the body undergoes stress or fear, the hormone cortisol is released as a response, in order to prepare the body for a flight or fight reaction. However if this physical energy isn’t used, the cortisol builds up and wreaks havoc on your mind and body. High levels of cortisol can interfere with learning, memory, lowered immune function, lowered bone density, increased weight gain, blood pressure, cholesterol and heart disease. All of this can in turn impact an individual’s mental health.

To read more on how you can reduce cortisol in your body click here