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How the Body Perceives Stress

The body’s sophisticated response to stress is nothing short of a miracle. But the reality is that we “overachiever superwomen stress junkies” spend quite a bit of time being plugged in and in fight-or-flight mode, maneuvering strategically between one tense situation to the next. In these instances, our bodies become a ticking time bomb. While our bodies are meant to react to perceived stress occasionally, they are clearly not capable of withstanding longer periods of fight or flight without some sort of breakdown. Think about it: You wouldn’t expect a car to run at top speed 100 percent of the time without its engine exploding, so why do we expect it of our bodies?


This elaborate stress response, with multiple internal alarms going off, typically occurs regularly throughout the day for most brilliant women. I can give you hundreds of examples of women stressed out from the moment they wake up until they are finally able to throw themselves in bed at night. This constant state of activation and overstimulation requires your body’s continuous effort to preserve and restore your adrenal glands. This is incredibly taxing on your adrenals and causes your entire system to become sluggish, which in turn leaves you depleted and imbalanced, with less cortisol and female hormone production, creating a myriad of symptoms that turn your whole world upside down.


When you are in this state, your adrenals slow down on the production of lifesaving hormones and steroids, like cortisol. This eventually leads to exhaustion and an inability to cope. Your body is sending you the strong message to slow down for your own survival. While adrenal dysfunction used to be rare, it is now all too common because of our lack of relaxation, our excessive hurriedness, and the constant overstimulation to our brain and nervous system.



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