Our Stress Response Cycle and Ways to Reduce Its Effects

Available for Interviews:  Dr. Karen Doll

Karen Doll, PsyD, is a licensed psychologist, professional coach, and the author of the forthcoming book, Building Psychological Fitness: How High Performers Achieve With Ease.

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Stress and How to Alleviate Symptoms

    • The stress response is a physiological reaction that occurs in the nervous system in response to a perceived threat. It is commonly referred to as the “fight-or-flight” response.

    • In simple terms, when the brain senses a potential threat in the environment, it triggers an activation response which has developed as a survival mechanism. It sets off a series of physiological and hormonal changes in the body to prepare us to respond to the stressor. 
    • This response pattern is automatic and happens in seconds. Sometimes the fear reaction we experience is not right-sized to the situation. For example, it is common for people to experience extreme anxiety before public speaking, yet they are not truly in danger or facing something life-threatening. 
    • The body can overreact to stressors, exacerbating the intensity of the cycle. 
    • Chronic activation of the stress response cycle leads to physical and mental health impairment.
    • Ways to counter the impact of chronic stress: physical exercise, social connection, meditation, breathing, sensory interventions, restoring calm, prayer, yoga, rest, recovery, replenishment.


Interview: Dr. Karen Doll

Karen Doll, PsyD, is a Licensed Psychologist, Consultant, and author of Building Psychological Fitness (forthcoming November, 2021). She has spent nearly 25 years partnering with industry-leading organizations and coaching high-achieving professionals; she is motivated by a desire to help people thrive, enhance well-being, and optimize leadership skills at every phase, from burgeoning new entrants to accomplished senior leaders. Throughout her career, she has remained committed to mental health awareness and advocacy.


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