One of the effects of stress, if it’s left unchecked, is the release of cortisol. Cortisol is known as the ‘stress hormone’ because it promotes the body to react to stress. In fact, as the level increases, the body becomes more reactive to the stressor. So, even if you think you’re dealing with a short-term, moderate stress, the body will still react.
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Short-term stress is normally a result of work-related demands. This can be due to deadlines at work, or perhaps you’ve been put under unprecedented pressure to bring in extra revenue. However, this is a short-term response. It’s caused by the body’s release of cortisol to prepare itself for action. The body feels threatened, or at the very least, is disoriented. The body is in ‘fight-or-flight’ mode. If this is left unchecked, the stress level will continue to rise until the body feels it has to defend itself. This is obviously unhealthy for the body.
The more that stress rises, the more the body feels disoriented. It will often find it difficult to focus and this is where negative thinking and emotions often arise. The level of cortisol in the blood also rises. Then, when cortisol levels are at their highest, the immune system is weakest. And at their lowest, we are more susceptible to illness and disease. So, even if we’re not in physical danger, we are still facing a negative thought and emotion world. It’s a vicious cycle.
If we wish to reduce our stress level, it is vitally important that we reduce this thought and emotion world. If we do this, we will find that our minds are free of negativity. We will have more energy and are better able to concentrate and concentrate, and the body is better able to cope with the demands of work and life. Then, once our levels of stress are reduced, our bodies’ levels of stress-fighting agents will return and life becomes easier.
That’s why this is a critical moment in our lives. Life is going places and it’s up to us to change the thought world and our emotions world so that they are aligned with life’s opportunities.