Our bodies are truly wonderfully designed. We’ve been equipped with innate resources for responding optimally to stressful situations. Cortisol is a naturally occurring hormone that has a myriad of functions.
One of its most well-known purposes is to facilitate an enhanced response to heightened stress. We’ve been designed to secrete excess cortisol in emergency situations. This is known as the fight-or-flight response.
Hypersecretion of cortisol allows our minds and bodies to mount the most effective type of response to an extreme situation. However, a very serious problem occurs when we excessively secrete cortisol in everyday situations. We flood our bodies with a substance that equips us to deal with life-or-death situations, as opposed to the relatively minor annoyance of being stuck in traffic on our daily commute.
If cortisol is excessively secreted, over an extended period of time, it impairs the integrity of our immune system. Our immune system becomes suppressed, leaving us more vulnerable to the development of infections. Just more biologically-based reasons to “not sweat the small stuff.”