The Summer is ending and Fall is on the precipice. With it comes the beginning of school, new schedules to get used to, potentially the beginning of your first “real world” job. Did you know that even “good” stress can have a negative impact on your body?
When you’re stressed, adrenaline, a fight or flight hormone, increases your heart rate after a seemingly stressful situation presents itself.
Norepinephrine, another stress hormone, shifts blood away from non-crucial areas like your skin, to your muscles to enable you to flee more quickly.
Cortisol, a third stress hormone, can be life saving in situations where you need to maintain energy to flee. It helps to maintain fluid balance and blood pressure, while regulating some body functions that aren't crucial in the moment, like reproductive drive, immunity, digestion and growth. However, if your body continuously releases cortisol, it can suppress the immune system, increase blood pressure and sugar, decrease libido, produce acne, contribute to obesity and more.
Be sure to take time during this transition in to Fall to engage in healthy patterns for stress management. This can include having healthy snacks options, getting enough sleep, exercise, and massage!
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