Cool Off — Importance of Stress Management To Reboot The Mind

Cool Off — Importance of Stress Management To Required To Reboot The Mind

Value of Stress Management for Total Body Health

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By: Femi Doyle-Marshall

 

The body is in constant need of recovery.


You might be surprised to find that simple stress on it can impact things such as your ability to heal from an injury.


I state from this point, be aware. Your health is important.

 

Things ranging from mental or physical stress, daily impact on the body and the consistent overload of working out can force the need for some dedicated down time. Feeling worn down, exhausted and fatigued are some symptoms showing your body is in need of some rest. I can personally even sit back and think of periods when I needed to shutdown to reboot myself to avoid complete and utter destruction. In this detailed article I plan to focus on some reasons why mental recovery and stress management should be of top priority to you and everyone you know.

 

Besides it helping you reboot your mind to ensure you are in a peak state on a daily basis.

 

Your health matters.

So does stress management.

 

Today you are in for a few surprises.

 

Stress Psychological Impact on Healing

How you cope and deal with states of distress (ie. negative stressors – anxiety, agony, sorrow) and eustress (ie. positive stressors – challenges to propel personal success) can impact not only your performance yet your healing states. A 2011 study captivated my attention with regards to these findings. “Psychological stress and other behavioural factors can affect wound healing.” A basic wound experiment was taken with university students. Traditionally this group would heal quickly when in resting periods (ie. vacation or time off) when the wound was formed prior to an examination time healing rate dropped by 40%.

 

Stress Psychological Impact with Resistance Training

 

Resistance training or working out in itself is a stress on the body. It is one when performed correctly can increase strength, enhance the mind and protect the body. What is rarely discussed is the impact your mind has on it’s ability to produce results and combat stress. In 2007 a paper documented that higher stress levels have been associated with worse recovery. Mind you, this could be a deterrent. My recommendations is to always judge your stress levels and select the ideal movements that produce the best effective for stress reduction.

These are just a tip of the iceberg when it comes to the effects stress can have on the human body. Increased risk of hypertension (high blood pressure), reduced immunity which was discussed earlier and impacts on anti-inflammatory hormones are common. Work stress and potentially  has been noted as one of the key contributors in this study.

 

Stress Management Treatment Strategies

Methods to remain in a progress state include: increasing social support, boosting self-esteem and building optimism courtesy courtesy of one 2015 article. Other effective methods that have worked to produce positive impacts include: writing of stressors, relaxation training. From an athletic perspective which can also apply to daily life: goal-setting, imagery, self-talk, and relaxation skills found in this article.

Breathing methods can also be implemented to calm the body and mind. I briefly go over this topic in my Stress Busters Breathing post. Another approach involves building mental toughness or resilience under stress. Not too long ago I wrote an article covering this topic on Building Unshakable Mental Toughness.

 

In the end your body responds to stress in a variety of ways. By recognizing what is taking place you are preventing yourself from fatigue, exhaustion and burnout. By implementing some of the methods above you are further prepared for any situation. This can make an impact on your health in the long run.

 

And that’s it for today. Be sure to contact us if you have any questions. We are here to help make what you need happen! Feel free to reach out if you have any concerns at all.

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