Ever Heard of Healthy Stress?

Ever Heard of Healthy Stress?

World-renowned metabolic scientist Dr. Susanna Søberg says we should “stress UP to stress DOWN.” We do this by creating a type of “healthy stress.” Healthy stress, also known as eustress, refers to a type of stress that is motivating and energizing. It can help individuals to meet deadlines, perform well in sports or other competitions, and cope with challenging situations. 

Eustress is generally considered to be beneficial in moderate amounts as it can help to improve focus and concentration and provides a sense of accomplishment. Excessive stress can be harmful and can lead to negative effects on physical and mental health, making it important to find a balance.

Cold water immersion, such as taking a cold shower or swimming in cold water, can create a type of stress on the body known as thermogenic stress. This stress occurs when the body's core temperature drops as a result of being in cold water, and the body responds by activating its sympathetic nervous system, releasing adrenaline and other stress hormones. These hormones activate the “fight or flight” response of the body and improve the ability to respond to stress. 

Research suggests that exposure to cold water can have beneficial effects on the body, such as improving circulation and reducing inflammation. Cold water immersion has also been used in recovery and performance in athletes.

Beyond cold water immersion, how else can healthy stress be created?

Exercise: Regular physical activity, such as cardio and strength training, can be a great way to stress the body in a healthy way. Exercise causes the body to release endorphins, which can improve mood and reduce stress levels.

Outdoor activities: Engaging in outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, or gardening can be a great way to experience healthy stress. Connect with nature.

Sports and fitness: Participating in sports and other forms of physical fitness can create healthy stress by challenging the body and mind, while also promoting a sense of accomplishment and well-being.

Learning environments: Engaging in challenging academic or professional learning opportunities can create healthy stress by stimulating the brain and encouraging personal growth and development.

Problem-solving tasks: Engaging in tasks that require problem-solving and critical thinking can create healthy stress by challenging the mind and promoting mental sharpness.

Social interactions: Participating in social interactions such as public speaking or networking events can create healthy stress by challenging individuals to step out of their comfort zones and develop their communication and social skills.

Note that not all stress is healthy, and it is important to find a balance and moderate the level of stress. Find an environment and activity that you find enjoyable as a healthy way to de-stress and at the same time you can learn from the experience and improve your mental and physical well-being. 

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