Stress is neither good or bad. It's a natural protection response:
If you're an animal in the Serengeti & you're being chased by a lion you really, really want to have a stress response. Being stressed means you’re preparing your muscles to move—your heart rate rises & pushes blood to your extremities by releasing glucose.
In small doses, stress it’s good, but too much stress can make you miserable. We should not be stressed all the time.
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If you want to live a life where you’re pushing yourself, develop coping strategies to help you manage stress:
When cortisol becomes chronically elevated it can severely hurt muscle growth via several mechanisms:
You’re sitting in traffic, late for an important meeting, watching the minutes tick away. Your hypothalamus, a tiny control tower in your brain, decides to send out the order: Send in the stress hormones! These stress hormones are the same ones that trigger your body’s “fight or flight” response. Your heart races, your breath quickens, and your muscles ready for action. This response was designed to protect your body in an emergency by preparing you to react quickly. But when the stress response keeps firing, day after day, it could put your health at serious risk.
Worrying is the mental habit of trying to solve a problem that either can’t be solved or isn’t really a problem.
It gives us the illusion of control. Worrying about it won’t change things. But it will lead to a lot of anxiety.
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