FROM DOCTOR TO PATIENT
DR. JUSTIN ADAMS
The holidays are just around the corner, bringing with them their usual blend of magic, merriment and mayhem. With so much sparkle and shine, it’s easy to get overwhelmed! But this year, start early and prepare to reduce holiday stress.
Think of holiday stress-busting as a personal prescription; after all, stress really can make you sick. Your body is designed to protect you from stress; just not constant, never-ending stress!
Here’s how: when you encounter a perceived threat – for instance, you see a shadow that frightens you – your hypothalamus, a tiny region at the base of your brain, sets off an alarm system in your body. Through a combination of nerve and hormonal signals, this system prompts your adrenal glands to release a surge of hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol. It’s known as the “fight or flight” response. [Read more…]