Stress Hormones Only Want To Help, But Why?
Stress hormones mean well, but so many of us have crossed the line and stress hormones can wreak havoc in our overall health. The stress response that is inherent in our beings is literally lifesaving in many circumstances.
When your very survival is threatened, your body releases stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones get your body to respond to this presenting danger. It prepares your body with what it can to help you handle and hopefully survive the event. In these times, the result of these stress hormones being released can be highly beneficial to your life and even your literal survival.
The Job Of The Stress Hormones
The job of these stress hormones are to:
- Make your heart pound faster in order to increase the blood flow and oxygen available to take action.
- Make muscles tighten to get ready to spring into action.
- Raise blood pressure.
- Quicken your breathing.
- Sharpen your senses.
As a result of all these stress hormones being released in your body, your strength and stamina increases, your reaction time is heightened and your focus is enhanced. Summing it up, it prepares your body to face the danger head on and fight it off or gives you what you need to take flight and flee from the danger. Ultimately, the goal is the same, SURVIVAL.
Likely, We Would Not Live Long Without These Handy Little Stress Hormones
Just the nature of our world and us as human beings, we would not likely survive long if we didn’t have this built in stress response system. Even in childhood, this response has probably saved us or helped us in some way many, many times.
These stress hormones don’t just kick in when you are facing angry geese on the hillside, they help us with real life daily situations. These handy little stress hormones are released even on a daily basis whenever you sense some type of danger or event where an adaptation is needed. It could be avoiding a car accident, breaking up a dog fight or grabbing your toddler before he falls toward the edge of that coffee table. There are numerous scenarios where this can kick in. Whenever you need the extra strength, focus or quick action you need to either “fight or take flight”.
These stress hormones can help you without you even realizing you need them because it happens automatically. Maybe it is a scary speech or presentation you have to give at work. Maybe a tense competitive event where you need heightened focus to perform. It can even help motivate you to do well on a test.
We often talk about stress hormones being bad for our body, but as you see, stress hormones being released into your body can literally be life saving at times and at other times, just quite helpful. And there are positive life events that can cause the release of these stress hormones too. It could be an upcoming wedding, buying your first car or running the rapids, for fun. (Of course, that might not be fun for everyone). These positive events still require some form of adaptation, so it can set off these stress hormones.
We talk about stress in a negative way most of the time because for many of us, maybe I could safely say, most of us, we have tipped the stress balance scale way too far in the wrong direction.
A Funny But Wonderful Perspective On Stress-We All Have It, But No Need To Spread It To Others. We All Have Plenty.
We all have stress in our lives, one way or another. Although there are many good things in life, there is no way to get around the fact that life is stressful. We all have variations of stress depending on our lives in general, but also how we manage that stress. The better we can learn to manage the stress effectively, the more happiness we will likely have in life. Not to mention, have better health, physically, mentally, emotionally and socially. And of course, if we are healthier, this too will help us with our overall zeal for life.
Not Sending Out The Stress Hormones Too Much
It is important to find ways to manage your stress well. If you send out these stress hormones too much, it can cause some very unhealthy changes in your body. These changes can actually harm your heart, cause weight gain, particularly in your abdomen as harmful visceral fat, and wreak havoc on many of your body systems. It can also be a heavy contributor to depression, anxiety and social imbalance. In short, it can zap a lot of enjoyment out of life.
Remember that stress hormones aren’t just released from external sources like roaring lions, changes in family life, financial situations or relationship issues etc. They can also be released for internal releases like when we worry too much or are constantly putting ourselves down or just having an overall negative approach to life.
No matter who we are, we will all have these stress hormones being released numerous times throughout our lives and generally, to some degree, it could be on a daily basis.
We may handle the stress in our lives a little bit differently, but there are certain basic habits that we should all practice in order to manage the stress successfully. If we don’t, these same helpful stress hormones can cause can cause detrimental harm to our lives in many ways. For some ideas on how to better manage stress and keep stress hormones in a healthy balance, check out the article on stress management tips.