Cortisol gets the rep of being the ‘stress hormone’ — but did you know about its cousin DHEA?
is a stress-recovery hormone — a neurosteroid. It’s released following a strong stress response and it helps the brain 'grow’. The ratio at which you release DHEA:cortisol is called the growth index of stress.
People with higher growth indexes respond better to stress:
The ratio of DHEA to cortisol is called the growth index of a stress response. A higher growth index—meaning more DHEA—helps people thrive under stress. It predicts academic persistence and resilience in college students, as well as higher GPAs
How do you improve your stress response? According to McGonigal — it’s all about how you see stress — see it as an ally and it’ll actually enhance your performance.
Most people view the stress response as a toxic state to be minimized, but the reality is not so bleak. In many ways, the stress response is your best ally during difficult moments—a resource to rely on rather than an enemy to vanquish.
It probably comes back to what we all innately know — stress is hormetic
: a little bit is beneficial, too much is bad.