Most of us have controlling stress down pat- or at least that’s what we convince ourselves to believe. Short bursts of stress motivate us to do certain things throughout the day and can build new brains cells and make the brain more resilient to future stresses like applying tension onto our muscles at the gym to build them .
Believe it or not, an imbalance of stress can have a series of detrimental effects on the body and your overall performance [2-4]. In this blog, we will attempt to show you how you can have the perfect balance between stress and relaxation to do your best day by day.
Stress can put an unnecessary load on your body and mind. Being under significant amounts of stress can cause your body to deplete the adrenals glands and nervous system of vitamins, minerals and reduce efficiency of your mitochondria to create energy for your body and brain cells .
When your brain does not have a source of energy it triggers the release of cortisol (the stress hormone) to make emergency fuel which results in breaking down your muscles to obtain sugar reserves which spike insulin levels and what does that lead to? You guessed it, more cortisol equating to higher stress levels. No wonder it can be so hard to concentrate at work during a stressful day.
We cannot control external stress triggers, we can train our body to handle stress better through a healthy foundation of nutrition, movement, quality sleep. A positive attitude can help you build a lifestyle necessary to cultivate focus, memory, attention, and, in general, the ability to handle the stresses of modern life.
Here are some ways to control your stress
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