Our bodies react to perceived threats by opening up the flood-gates and letting loose a torrent of hormones, in particular adrenaline and cortisol. These are the key hormones that get our bodies ready for emergency action.
We’ve all felt it. Our heart pounds fast and hard within our chest; so hard that we can feel it in our throat. Our breathing quickens as our blood pressure starts to rise. Muscles tighten, ready to spring into action. All of our senses become more attuned: sharper.
Our strength and stamina are increased as a result of these physical changes. We’ve all heard stories of how people have performed amazing feats of strength during emergency situations. This is due to our bodies reaction to stress. We’re getting ready for fight or flight.
Stress, and our body’s reaction to it, can be positive. Within reason. After a certain point stress stops acting in a positive manner and starts to cause detrimental health problems. Our health, our productivity, our relationships with others, our ability to think clearly and our moods all suffer.
Ongoing stress results in ongoing production of adrenaline and cortisol, depleting our body’s reserves. We become worn down. Depleted. Our adrenals become fatigued.
Emotional Symptoms of Stress
Emotionally, symptoms of stress include:
- A short temper and irritability
- A feeling of being overwhelmed
- A sense of loneliness and being isolated
- Unhappiness and depression
- Agitated and the inability to relax
Cognitive Symptoms of Stress
Our ability to think clearly is effected significantly due to stress. The cognitive symptoms of stress include:
- Poor judgement
- Worrying constantly
- Only seeing negatives
- Difficulties concentrating
- Problems with memory
- Anxiety and racing thoughts
If you feel that you have any of these emotional stress or cognitive stress symptoms, which may be indicative of adrenal fatigue symptoms, you should consult with your doctor for a full check up.