Most of the stress we experience is not handled well by the more primitive Reptilian and Mammalian brain. There’s also another stress related hormone that is released by the adrenals, just as powerful as adrenaline. It’s called cortisol, which in small doses can help wipe out most unpleasant aspects of stress, returning us to normalcy. However, in today’s challenging world, in which we can feel threatened often by money issues, social issues, security issues, work issues, and relationship issues, our stress response system doesn’t turn off as it was naturally designed to do.
So, the cortisol gets released in greater doses, which greatly affects our health, and ability to learn, as it impacts the hippocampus, and other parts of our body in a negative way.
Only, by learning to make shifts to access the higher brain capacities and acquiring the tools to reflect, gain insights and control can we creatively respond to challenges and go beyond our automatic pre-programmed stress responses.