Hi fitness warriors!
Everyone experiences stress in some way, shape or form. Throughout this blog, we go through the good and the bad impacts that stress can have on our bodies. You will also learn the importance of controlling your stress throughout the process of creating a healthier future. Let’s get into it…
Positives to Stress:
Stress is known as a negative; the enemy and the one thing no one wants in life. However, in reality stress can actually be one of the most positive forces to keep you focused and energised.
When a person senses danger – either physically, mentally or emotionally – stress kick’s into a higher gear. This is commonly known as the “fight or flight” response. This response is your body protecting itself by increasing adrenaline and concentration. This explains how a normal person can find the strength to lift a heavy object in a time of danger, or how you feel a sudden urge of motivation when you realise your report is due tomorrow!
This is stress at its finest, demonstrating the positive impacts it can have throughout life’s tasks.
Being balanced; mentally, nutritiously and physically is of crucial importance in order to live a happy and healthy lifestyle. Managing stress is a huge aspect of this.
Being stressed can have a detrimental impact on your health. Stress raises cortisol levels – cortisol causes fat to build up in your stomach, this can lead increased weight gain, bloating and negative heart health over an extended period of time. This is why I can’t stress enough about the importance of learning stress management techniques until you find something that works for YOU and YOUR goals!
Below is a quick diagram that captures stress as it affects our main bodily organs:
As you can see, stress has many negative impacts on our body’s health, however, two particularly stand out to me as being the most important;
#1. Digestive System:
When you’re stressed, your level of stomach acid increases – this can starve you from the needed minerals and proteins that your food supplies in each meal. Over a period of time, this can cause many health issues such as;
- Your bones, muscles, tissues and organs not getting the number of minerals and vitamins they need;
- Muscle loss;
- Lack of energy and concentration; and
- Poor recovery time.
Therefore, by managing / preventing stress in your life – you will attain and improve your digestive system naturally and the sky will be the limit as to what you can achieve!
#2. Decision-Making Process:
When stressed the frontal lobe is seriously impacted. The frontal lobe has several jobs such as your decision-making process. When stressed, we feel overly fatigued and tired – this will therefore cause detrimental impacts to your physical and mental health.
If you can use stress relief strategies to manage your daily stress from wherever you may be, you will be more energised, focused and motivated to stick to your Cam’s Crazy 8s schedule and workout regime. Below I have listed some of my favourite stress relief techniques – just keep reading!
Side Note: Small levels of stress are okay and do have positive effects (so don’t stress)!
So how can I manage my stress?
Everyone manages stress differently and there is no right and wrong answer. Therefore, experimenting with different strategies to find out what works for you is a great first step!
Here are a few of my favourite techniques that will help relieve and reduce your stress levels:
Technique 1 – Take up an enjoyable hobby (at least once a week): This can be anything – therefore you will not only get some time to focus on something that brings you joy, but you’ll also be around people who’s
” company you enjoy (this distracts you from any stressful issues you may be dealing with)!
Technique 2 – Spend time outside daily, embracing the environment around you.
Technique 3 – Practice being alone: Turn off your phone and go somewhere, maybe out to dinner, a movie or a hike. You are with yourself forever – therefore, the more you can learn to enjoy your own company, the better.
Technique 4 – Meditate/pray/quietly reflect (any word that you prefer) whenever suits you. If you are new to this – listen to a guided meditation as a starting point or research different techniques.
Technique 5 – Include low impact movement (e.g. Our “Relax and Recover” session, yoga, walking, swimming, running etc).
Technique 6 – Take several deep breaths – I highly recommend implementing the 6, 6, 6, rule (in for six seconds, hold for six seconds, out for six seconds). This will immediately calm your stress response.
Technique 7 – Try a mind-body scan: Set aside five minutes – start at your toes and slowly move up to the top of your head. Notice all physical sensations: hot/cold, itchy, tense, etc… Do this anywhere at any time as this will calm your body and help you slow down your thoughts. To assist, ask yourself these questions
- What are you feeling physically / emotionally?
- What are you thinking?
- What have you learnt about yourself today?
- What am I grateful for at this point in time?
The above seven simple, yet effective strategies will go such a long way into shaping your ability to manage stress. I highly recommend implementing a stress management technique between two-four times a week! Trial any of the above seven techniques until you find one that works for you and your lifestyle.
Stress can be our friend if managed correctly so stay strong, motivated and connected to your breath. As always: If you’d like to enter our monthly draw to receive a 3-month FREE Cam’s Crazy 8s membership – be sure to post your key take-away from this blog on your social media and tag @camscrazy8s. We will be selecting the winner at the end of each month!
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I’ll see you next time!
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