Stress can be brutal, heck it could even kill you.
And let’s face it, we are a stressed society.
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What stressors do you face in your daily life?
Even the stressors you may not necessarily view as ‘stress’ can have a great impact on your quality of life and health, such as:
However, because they have become your ‘norm’, you may not even realize why or how they are keeping you (and your body) stressed.
How does stress specifically harm your body?
When stress becomes a regular occurrence in your daily life, the hypothalamus (brain command center) is activated and triggers your adrenals to release cortisol: the stress hormone. Some stress is a normal part of life, and cortisol is a hormone that is intended to be released in a specific rhythm throughout the day (for instance, high in the mornings when you awake, and gradually decline throughout the day).
However, with chronic stress, an influx of cortisol happens, and this influx of cortisol leaves your body with some not-so-pretty side effects, including:
…Just to name a few.
While total stress avoidance is realistically unavoidable in life…that’s what rest days are for.
Use your rest days with this intention in mind: De-stress.
After all, if you are not incorporating some form of stress management on a regular basis, you will sabotage all of your best efforts with diet, exercise and supplements.
Here are 10 Ways to Alleviate Stress on Rest days
It is so important to do these things consistently because they allow your to be mindful and present – when you are worrying about everything else in life you are building stress. When you are enjoying something that interests you and your mind is fully engaged in that you are relaxing. You can’t always be “on” with work and challenging activities because it will burn you out over the long run.