WASHINGTON – Chronic stress can cause health problems, but researchers say short term stress can benefit health.
Whether it’s running late for a meeting, getting a cavity filled, or riding a scary roller coaster – anxiety related to that kind of short term stress can trigger a body’s flight or fight response causing it to release cortisol and adrenaline, according to doctors quoted in Prevention Magazine.
Researchers say those hormones can have health benefits. Cortisol, for example, is an anti-inflammatory that can help boost immunity to fight off viruses and bacteria. And a burst of hormones to your brain can help boost memory.