It's important to manage stress ─ even when you're feeling busy and hassled.
When you're swept away in a number of demands, your stress hormone climbs sky-high. This hormone is called cortisol, and it's produced by pyramid-shaped structures on top of the kidneys (adrenal glands).
Cortisol can suppress your immune system, so you're more likely to become ill. And it can increase your blood pressure and blood sugar levels. Cortisol also can affect some areas of the brain involved with memory and learning processes.
To avoid these negative effects of stress, look for ways to keep stress — and cortisol — at manageable levels. Here are two to consider:
If you have predictable routines and work to minimize distractions, you can make your days a little less stressful and maybe a tad more productive, too.
This article is written by Dr. Edward Creagan. Find more health and medical information on mayoclinic.org.
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