How-to: Use Stress to Your Advantage

Norepinephrine and epinephrine are the primary stress hormones responsible for the ‘flight or fight’ phenomenon in difficult situations. The release of these hormones incites some sensation of fear in the human body, and depending on the individual, this can be used to keep ‘fighting’ rather than ‘fleeing’. A small amount of stress is not a bad thing at all, as one of the many functions of epinephine is to increase concentration, will and stamina. People should be aware that while stressful situations can indeed be scary to deal with, our body has adapted mechanisms that allow us to deal with them adequately, if given the chance. So remember, the next time you’re running late to work or pushing a deadline for school, we all have the ability to hone our stress into one activity and produce results that may not have occurred if the stress weren’t there to begin with!

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dr. uruj kamal

dr. uruj kamal

Dr. Uruj Kamal is a second year resident in Psychiatry at Baystate Medical Center/Tufts University School of Medicine. A Stony Brook native, she enjoys combining her knowledge of mental health and awareness with her passion for health, fitness and beauty. In her spare time, enjoys fashion, kayaking on West Meadow Beach, and creating westernized-Asian recipes.