The Killer Instinct Brought On By Stress

Stress isn't good for you. The vast majority of people don’t deal with their stress effectively. Come to grips with these two things to create a conscious lifestyle. To be aware is to be open, alert, ready to meet unknown challenges, and capable of fresh responses. When you are under stress, these qualities are compromised. Raise the stress high enough and they are reversed. The mind closes down as an act of self-defence. In that state it is difficult to be alert and open.

Stress is bad for you in far more basic ways. Hormones released in the body's stress response, such as cortisol and adrenaline, are meant to be temporary. Their effect is to galvanise the fight-or-flight response, which is triggered in a primitive area of the brain, because fight-or-flight is an inheritance from our pre-human past. In the stress response, a privileged pathway is opened for dealing with emergencies, while the brain's higher responses are temporarily suppressed. 

No one can healthily sustain the heightened alertness, quick burst of energy, rapid heart rate, elevated blood pressure, and other marks of the fight-or-flight response. Physically, the hormone rush must come to an end, leading to the opposite state -- you become drowsy, lose energy, and have a hard time remaining alert and focused. So-called adrenaline junkies deliberately induce an aroused state because they enjoy being highly aroused, and they presumably value the courage, euphoria, and killer instinct that the stress response brings. Read more...

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