The Science of Stress with Dr. Chris Lee

UPDATED: May 9, 2024
PUBLISHED: March 1, 2023
The Science of Stress with Dr. Chris Lee

The time between trauma and the manifestation of mental health challenges is about 18 months, says Chris Lee. With the global trauma of the pandemic, we are now seeing high levels of psychological distress, mental health issues and more. 

This week, Lee, founder and CEO of Elemental Shift, explains the science of stress to On Your Terms host Erin King. He shares how to identify how much stress you can tolerate every day, learning how to self-regulate and the importance of rest after heavy cognitive lifting. 

According to Lee, there are two types of trauma: “big T Trauma” and “little t trauma.” He discusses the differences and how there is a level of stimulation we can tolerate each day before it becomes stress. 

Due to our current ability to share ideas so rapidly around the world, all while needing to fact check and compare information, Lee says that current stress levels are much higher globally compared to past generations.

“While it’s so easy to point a finger and say this is why people are stressed and these are the problems that are actually going on, somebody needs to do the nitty gritty and get boots on the ground and teach people…some practical how-to action steps for stress management,” he says.

Learn more about Chris Lee at and follow him on Instagram at @drchrislee

On Your Terms with Erin King is no longer releasing new episodes on the SUCCESS Podcast Network, but you can still listen to the full conversation below.

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Erin King is the bestselling author of “You’re Kind of a Big Deal: Level Up by Unlocking Your Audacity” and “Digital Persuasion: Sell Smarter in the Modern Marketplace.” She’s also the Chief Social Officer at Strikepoint Media, a digital marketing firm focused on social customer acquisition. But hands down, her toughest job is being a personal full-time assistant to a 13-pound cavapoo puppy named Betty White. You can connect with her on Instagram @mrs.erin.king