All of us know the feeling of being constantly under stress and being tense. The stress, to which our body and mind are susceptible, can have different causes: a chronic infection, lack of exercise or excessive sport, exhaustion, malnutrition, allergies, foregoing recovery phases, financial worries, fear of the future and much more. But also positive events, such as a wedding or giving birth can cause us a lot of stress – even if only unconsciously.
Unfortunately, our body cannot differentiate whether we are actually in a life-threatening situation or, in fact, a daily situation – in both cases the body answers with the same biochemical process, the fight-or-flight reaction. In this condition the body produces a lot of stress hormones, especially cortisol and adrenalin. The fight-or-flight reaction is a genetic inheritance from the stone age, during which we still had to escape to safety from the dangerous sabre-toothed tiger while hunting. In moments of stress our blood pressure and sugar levels increase rapidly and our muscles are tensed, in order to escape as quickly as possible. In this condition we humans are more energetic, more motivated, the mind is sharpened and the immune system is shut down.