Stress really sucks. It sucks up your energy, sucks up your desire to get to the gym, and even sucks the life out of your libido. And while some stress can help you rise to a challenge when your body goes into fight-or-flight mode, daily stress can mess with your mind and body in serious ways. Check out these freaky symptoms of stress, and follow our pointers for how to mitigate these nasty side effects. It makes you exhausted Aside from the fact that your anxiety might be keeping you up at night, freaking out triggers your brain to release the hormone cortisol into your bloodstream. This helpful chemical quickens your heartbeat, gives your brain more oxygen, and releases extra energy to help your body deal with that stress. But frequent stress can cause your brain to limit the amount of cortisol it sends into your bloodstream, which can make you feel like you’re dragging butt all day, every day. The good news is that about three hours a week of working out should keep those hormone levels in check. So what are you waiting for? Get moving! MORE: Stress Relief: 8 Ways To De-Stress Your Life It messes with… Read full this story
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