Stress plays an important role in your health. It can be a positive response that can promote action, build resilience, and maintain momentum in your life. However, as with most things, balance is key, and overwhelming stress without beneficial coping mechanisms can induce many physiologic changes.
The mind and the body are intimately connected. When our body is chronically in “fight or flight” (also called “sympathetic”) mode, many important functions in the body are diminished. Imagine stepping up to a podium in front of a large group of people, unprepared – your heart rate likely is increasing, your stomach may feel queasy, your hands clammy. This can happen to a lesser extent chronically, impacting digestive function, blood pressure, sleep, hormone balance, metabolism, the immune system, and more. This can have a domino effect on your health.
If you are recovering from significant stressors, or are currently undergoing a lot of stress, we can help. Our doctors have a number of tools available to support the body and mind both during and after a significantly stressful time, and can also help connect you with mental health providers to round out your team if needed.