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The release of adrenaline and cortisol is not always a bad thing. It is highly adaptive in dangerous situations, and it can actually be helpful in other types of situations as well, such as when playing sports or even when performing a some other type of well-learned activity; in these adaptive instances, the physiological activation occurs, and then it slowly dissipates allowing body functions return to normal.
The physiological reaction to danger was not meant to occur on a daily or on-going basis, and that's where the trouble begins. When these physiological reactions occur repeatedly, and over an extended period of time, it starts to exact a serious toll on health and well-being and our bodies begin to wear out more quickly.
Audrey Berger, PhD - Life Coach
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But when we feel stressed for an ongoing period of time, the stress response is activated so often that our bodies don't always have a chance to return to normal. And, when this happens, it can eventually cause fatigue, ulcers and elevated blood sugar, raise blood pressure, place too much demand on the heart, suppress the immune system, just to name a few of the long-term consequences of this chronic over-activation.