How Stress Affects Your Hormones And Mood.
We All Have Stress Stress is something that nearly every adult in our modern society deals with. We lead lives that are over-scheduled with responsibilities for family, work, home and finances, and we don’t allow ourselves the mental space to relax and unwind from the unrelenting stress we are faced with. So what does all of this stress do to our bodies? Chronic stress can affect every part of our body including our immune system, hormonal systems, brain function, and cardiovascular function, our perception of pain, our metabolic processes, and our ability to digest our food properly. Most people will develop unhealthy coping mechanisms to deal with stress. These people will turn to things like unhealthy foods, alcohol, and other harmful behaviours to help them cope (1). How It Affects Our Hormones Chronic and acute stress can be catastrophic for our hormonal systems. It all begins with cortisol, the stress hormone, which is released during times of stress in large amounts. When too much cortisol enters the bloodstream too often it can begin to affect the bodies other hormonal systems. These include:
- Thyroid Hormones
- Adrenal Hormones
- Sex Hormones
- Mood Hormones (more on this later.)