￼Falling for someone may be stressful in the beginning, there’s uncertainty about whether they feel the same way, the possibility of rejection, and anxiety about when and if to say those three big words.
The initial stages of falling in love INCREASES levels of cortisol, a hormone associated with stress, in new couples, according to a study published in 2004. However, when the participants were tested 12 to 24 months later, their cortisol levels had returned to normal.
Love can potentially DECREASE stress in the long run. A study published in 2005, in Neuroendocrinology, examined the neuropsychology of those in love for over a year or longer, and found a reduction in levels of stress and overall anxiety. ￼ Forming a bond with a partner brings about physiological changes that reduce levels of anxiety. Oxytocin, a hormone released through physical contact like hugging, kissing, and intimacy, deepens feelings of attachment towards your partner and produces sensations of contentment, calmness, and relaxation.
(Photo, San Francisco, 2015)