March 15, 2022

Stress & Cortisol

Peter on how stress can show up as physical pain

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This clip is from “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) episode #16, originally released on October 12, 2020.

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Show Notes

How stress can show up as physical pain, and tips for changing time zones

Peter’s recent move to Texas

  • Peter recently finished moving his family from California to Texas
  • All things considered, it went well, but he did experience some added stress
  • In fact, his therapist told him, “Just to set your expectations, a move of this nature is among the three most stressful events to your marriage. . .on par with divorce and death.”

How stress can show up as physical pain

  • In the weeks leading up to the move, Peter was experiencing some physical pain in his body
  • Amazingly, the pain dissipated once the move was complete
  • He calls it an “aha moment”
  • Mechanistically, it’s hard to explain “why higher levels of cortisol. . .would actually lead to physical pain in my body. But there’s no question about it.”
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Young woman sitting on the bed with pain in neck

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