Stress hormones and what they do

All the stress that you experience is due to the stress hormones released by your body.
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These hormones are released during stressful and exciting situations. High levels of these hormones can impact your health negatively. In order to keep these hormones in control, you must avoid stress and practice stress management activities. Stress comes naturally to all individuals due to work, family, financial issues or social life. The three major stress hormones that are in charge of adding fuel to the fire are adrenaline, cortisol and norepinephrine. Read through what these hormones do and how they affect our body.


This is known as the fight or flight hormone which is produced by the adrenal glands after receiving a message from the brain.

How does it affect: Adrenaline along with norepinephrine is responsible for the immediate actions we take under stressful situations. It makes you sweat, breathe faster and stimulates muscle tension. On the other hand, this hormone also gives you a boost of energy when you need to escape dangerous situations. It increases your blood pressure and heart rate.


This hormone is released to help you concentrate on the stressful situation. It is known as the stress hormone.

How does it affect: Cortisol helps to maintain fluid balance and blood pressure which can be life saving. However, there are harmful effects of cortisol. Excess of cortisol in the body leads to weight gain. It also affects your immunity, digestion and growth. Too much cortisol can also increase blood pressure. Cortisol also stimulates growth of acne and causes rashes on the skin.


A hormone similar to adrenaline which is released from the adrenal glands and the brain.

How does it affect? Norepinephrine helps you stay more aware, focused and responsive. It shifts the blood flow from less crucial areas like skin to places where the blood is more essential at that time, so you can escape the stressful situation.

All stress hormones play an important role in dealing with your body and responding to stressful situations. To keep these stress hormones balanced, you must keep yourself happy and healthy.

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