We all experience stress, but it is not all bad! In fact, stress can be good for us! Research suggests that changing the way we think about stress -viewing it as positive and our body’s way of preparing us- can alter our physical response. Pretty neat, right? Another way we manage stress is social connection. When stressed, our bodies produce a hormone called oxytocin which causes us to crave social connection, and be more empathetic, caring, and compassionate. When we seek out this social connection, more hormone is released and it’s physical effects (such as helping heart cells heal from damage) kick in.
So by seeking social connection, we recover faster from stress! Stress is a common topic in my discussions with clients because stress is something we all get overwhelmed with at some point. If you are interested in how to harness social connections to help you manage stress, and would like a free 30-minute consultation, I would be happy to discuss with you how I can be of support!