This Is What Happens To Your Body When You’re Stressed Out – GQ Magazine

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We all have experiences being stressed or overwhelmed. Many may be feeling this way currently as the holiday season arrives and come into full swing. Have you ever wondered what your body is actually doing when you are stressed out. Well for starters there are three major players at work during stressful times. They are adrenaline, noradrenaline, and cortisol.

Key Takeaways:

  • Taken together, these three hormones are ideal when you’ve got to haul your ass out of a house on fire, or fight off a bear.
  • The trouble arises when chronic stress leads the body to release these them on the daily, putting you in a variation of a fight-or-flight state on a semi-permanent basis, as nature sure-as-shit never intended.
  • Over time, increased levels of cortisol can cause major issues with memory, attention span, learning, perception, sleep, the list goes on;

“You see, besides feeling mentally shitty, a constant state of stress can also do a whole lot of not-great to the body, leaving you looking and feeling like more and more of a hot mess the longer you go without chilling out.”