Stress symptoms may be affecting your health, even though you might not realize it. You may think illness is to blame for that irritating headache, your frequent insomnia or your decreased productivity at work. But stress may actually be the cause.
Indeed, stress symptoms can affect your body, your thoughts and feelings and your behavior.
Stress release a hormone called ”cortisol” which is produced by adrenal glands.
It’s important for helping your body deal with stressful situations, as your brain triggers its release in response to many different kinds of stress.
However, when cortisol levels are too high for too long, this hormone can hurt you more than it helps.
Over time, high levels may cause weight gain and high blood pressure, muscle growth difficulties, disrupt sleep, negatively impact mood, reduce your energy levels and contribute to diabetes and also reduce sex hormones in men and women (testosterone and estrogen) which can lead to hormonal imbalance. All of them come bundled when cortisol levels are getting high.
So, how do we reduce stress on a daily basis?
The best way to reduce daily stress is to start working out at least 5 times/ week.
Regular exercising produces a lot of hormones that can reduce cortisol, such as: Endorphin, Dopamine, Serotonin, Testosterone in men, and Estrogen in women.
All of these hormones beside their role in our body, they have a side role in decreasing cortisol level. That’s why is mandatory to exercises during stressful situations.
In fact, research shows that those who exercise on a daily basis perform better during stressful situations than those who doesn’t.