It seems everyone today is putting so much effort into beating stress. When people talk about stress management and stress hormones, they often talk about the fight or flight response that happens in your body when you are exposed to a stressor. Even on this website, you'll find references to the importance of Adrenaline and Cortisol when it comes to dealing with stressful circumstances.
However, the medical evidence is piling up showing
that in today's day and age, we are seldom exposed to the types of
threats that made it necessary for these two hormones to be so heavily
used. Getting frustrated while sitting in rush hour traffic is not at
like being attacked by a sabre toothed tiger, from a survival
Regardless, it has become normal for our bodies to carry the same
levels of Adrenaline and Cortisol as a matter of day to day life as they
did when our lives were threatened by serious challenges. This is true
even though we have learned that having the fight or flight
response always present in our bodies is actually quite unhealthy. In
fact, it can really make us sick.
Recently, however, medical science has begun to point to a different way of looking at beating stress.
Rather than spend all our time trying to find ways to lower Adrenaline and Cortisol, it might be a better use of our time and energy to spend time trying to raise the healthy stress hormones and brain chemicals such as Dopamine, Oxytocin and Nitric Oxide. So this article aims to give you a list of ways for you to do that.
Of course, it is still a good idea to do what you can to keep Adrenaline and Cortisol levels as low as possible, but nowadays it's also a good idea to focus on increasing the good stress hormones, brain chemicals and neurotransmitters as well.
Checkout my Pinterest boards about Dopamine, Oxytocin and Nitric Oxide as well as many other great resources provided by your own body to help you manage stress and take back control of your health and your life today.