• Martha Lewis

Are you addicted to stress?

You’re a high performer and you get shit done. Right? You thrive on being busy, having tight deadlines and you feel like there’s never enough time to get everything done. You can’t ever sit around doing nothing.

If this sounds like you, you’re addicted to stress!

Let me tell you why. During the stress response, the chemicals adrenaline, cortisol and dopamine flood your brain. Dopamine activates the reward center in your brain. So when you’re stressed, your brain gets a hit of feel-good chemicals that keeps you coming back for more. No, I’m not talking about drugs here but it sure sounds like it, doesn’t it?

When your body releases stress hormones, you get a surge of energy, a short-term swell in focus and a boost of creativity. You can easily meet that deadline, finish sending that email or put out that fire. And that feels good, too!

It’s easy to become addicted to the rush of dopamine and the results that you get during the stress response.

But, as with any “addiction,” there are downsides, too.

Being constantly stressed also makes it hard to be in the moment and focus on your loved ones, to disconnect from work, to truly relax during vacation, and to turn your brain off at night.

Instead of focusing on what’s most important, you address what’s most urgent. You’re busy but not necessarily productive. You lose focus on what’s going to help you achieve your goals.

Your body can’t handle being stressed all the time. And so you can easily develop:

  • high blood pressure

  • weight gain

  • anxiety, depression and irritability

  • insomnia

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, your body is out of balance and you could be addicted to stress. These things won’t go away until you learn how to slow down and manage your stress.

I’m talking about psychological stress but there’s also hidden physical stress that causes insomnia, too. My program addresses both mental and physical stress so we can get to the root cause of your sleeplessness and fix it.

If you’re tired of being exhausted and unproductive during the day and awake at night, I can help you sleep so you wake up rested, full of energy and eager to focus on what’s most important in your work and life. It starts with a phone call. I’ll pinpoint exactly what’s causing your insomnia and give you a plan to fix it. We’ll talk about what it looks like to work together so you can finally get the sleep you need.


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Martha Lewis, MS, APSC

Jackson Hole, WY



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