Have you ever heard of your allostatic load? While this term may be unfamiliar to you, it is a critical factor to consider for managing stress. In this short interview, Victor Carrion, Ph.D., a childhood development and behavioral sciences expert, explains that it is not necessarily individual cases of stress that cause us harm, but rather the accumulation of various stressful experiences that are detrimental to our health and quality of life. Further, Carrion goes on to discuss how no matter what type of stress you are experiencing—whether cramming for an exam or about to get hit by a bus—the same hormone called cortisol is released. Watch this video to learn more about stress and how to best manage it in order to make sure it doesn’t build.