STRESS AND DEPRESSION
Cortisol is released in response to fear or stress
by the adrenalin as part of the fight-or-flight mechanism. There are two types of "stress", eustress (the good stress and distress (the bad stress).
Both eustress and distress releases cortisol as
your body becomes ready for action but there
has to be a physical release of fight-or-flight. Otherwise, cortisol levels build up in the blood, which can damage your mind and body.
Elevated cortisol levels interfere with learning and memory, lower immune function, bone
density, increase weight gain, blood pressure, cholesterol, and heart disease. Chronic stress
and elevated cortisol levels also increase risk
for depression and mental illness.
Things you can do to prevent; Regular physical activity, mindfulness, yoga or meditation, social connectivity, laughter and levity, music and