The problem with feeling overwhelmed, burnt out, and stressed throughout the day is the constant release of stress hormones such as cortisol. Cortisol increases glucose in your bloodstream and ships it to your brain. These hormones can affect the functioning of the immune system in several ways:
- Stress hormones can promote inflammation in the body.
- Chronic stress can lead to an imbalance, with an increased number of immune cells in circulation and a decreased number in tissues where they are needed.
- Make an individual more susceptible to infections and diseases.
- Even if a person is exposed to a pathogen, their immune system may not be able to respond adequately, leading to increased vulnerability to infections.