Holiday Hormones

MERRY STRESSMAS – All Decked Out in Holiday Hormones

Holiday Hormones


There is a definite link between stress and hormones. Stress hormones are a normal body response, but when constantly under stress by daily situations, this can lead to long-term health problems. There are 3 hormones that are effected the most;

  1. Adrenaline
    what it is: commonly known as the fight or flight hormone, it is produced by the adrenal glands after receiving a message from the brain that a stressful situation has presented itself. Your muscles are tense, you’re breathing faster, you may start sweating. That’s adrenaline.
  2. Norepinephrine
    what it is: a hormone similar to adrenaline, released from the adrenal glands and also from the brain.
  3. Cortisol
    what it is: a steroid hormone, commonly known as the mother of stress hormones, produced by the adrenal glands. It takes a little more time — minutes, rather than seconds — for you to feel the effects of cortisol in the face of stress, because the release of this hormone takes a multi-step process involving two additional minor hormones.


Excess stress can have both physical and mental effects. (if you’re like 7 out of 10 people, you have both.)

  • Your head feels like it’s locked in a nutcracker.
  • Sleigh bells ring and your migraines skyrocket.
  • Insomnia strikes.
  • Exhaustion takes hold.
  • Anxiety attacks.
  • Depression looms.
  • Blood pressure blossoms.
  • Sugar levels soar.
  • Your muscles scream.
  • You become irritable.
  • Argumentative.
  • Your libido plummets (“not this month, honey…”)
  • You begin to feel loopy, having trouble remembering things from your thousand-item list.
  • Warning, warning, a complete health crash seems to be coming.
  • You’re under assault.
  • Burned out and overwhelmed.
  • It could totally sleigh you.


Stress hormones are a normal body response, but constant stress can wrap your body in long-term health problems. Hormones are the chemical messengers that flow through your body, telling it what to do. When your hormones aren’t balanced, you’re unbalanced. And don’t you have enough to throw you off balance as it is? You’re not alone. About 7 out of 10 people report saying that they feel overwhelmed and stressed during the holidays. Just too much going on. Deck the halls has taken on a whole new meaning. It’s more like deck your body with…well, everything.  They say it’s the thought that counts and your thoughts should be on making an appointment to see DR. STEPHEN A. GOLDSTEIN AT DENVER HORMONE HEALTH. He’s    got “nice” down to a science. You can tell him anything…everything…and just looking at you, he’ll know you’re suffering from a hormone imbalance. (He’s got that much experience.) With a few simple tests, he can tell you what he already thought the problem was. But once he gets your results, he tailors a program to get you back to where you were before the hailstorm of holiday stress hit. Don’t wait. Make an appointment now.

He’s the star to wish on.