KBP5 Education: Article 4, March 2020
BACKGROUND: IS STRESS GOOD FOR US?
In our busy lives, running from appointment to appointment, schoolwork, deadlines, finances, rush hour traffic, kids, health issues, etc., everyone experiences different levels of stress from time to time. Stress itself isn’t a bad thing, but too much of it can be. Our bodies are perfectly designed to handle stress, but if left unchecked and allowed to accumulate in the body, the affects can be very dangerous. Stress plays an important role in our weight loss, hormone balance, sleep quality, eating habits, workout ability, and chronic health issues. Don’t worry though, KBP is here to help!
EDUCATION: DISTRESS VERSUS EUSTRESS – THE FACTS
There are three types of stress: Physical, Structural, and Mental. Physical stress is the amount of exertion on our bodies from life/work. Structural stress is caused by things like an injury, bad posture, or simply always having a heavy purse on one shoulder. Mental stress is caused by the things we worry about or our anxiety.
The effects of stress (distress – or bad stress) on the body is a lot like the effects of plaque on our teeth. Plaque left untreated can cause cavities; similarly, when stress accumulates in our bodies it can cause a ton of different health related issues and affect our well-being. Thankfully our bodies are designed to handle distress, but we all need to do our part in helping get rid of it before it accumulates. On a positive note eustress, or good stress, is here to help. Eustress is beneficial stress that can cause rewarding benefits, like balancing our hormones, or releasing our mental distress. How do we get eustress you ask? Great question! Check out this week’s challenge.
WEEKLY CHALLENGE: BREATH?
Continue to get your 7.5 hours of sleep each night and paying attention to your food intake while planning time to eat with love ones. This week we want you to find a quiet time to lay on the floor with your eyes closed. Focus on having your entire body relaxed and just lay there. Start this exercise by taking five deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth, making sure you are completely filling your lungs from your diaphragm upward. After your fifth exhale, begin tightening your toes/feet and then take a deep breath and as you exhale release the tension in your toes/feet. Next tighten your calves, take a deep breath and relax your calves as you exhale. Repeat this same process for your thighs, butt/hips, stomach, chest, hands, arms, neck/shoulders, and end with your face. After you have completed tightening and releasing all areas of your body, end this relaxation by taking five deep diaphragm breaths like you did in the beginning. Don’t stress, you got this, breath and relax!
The challenge: 7.5 hours of sleep, be aware of what you eat, dine with someone, and breath!
PLAN YOUR LIVES AND LIVE YOUR PLAN!
RECHARGE • FUEL • CONNECT • RECOVERY