The Stress Curve
Stress is 100% perceived (ahem mindset)
But the results of that perception on your body can produce real, tangible health benefits or concerns.
Depending on where you fall on the stress curve can determine a variety of things, like:
💥Your performance levels (like with sex, exercise/sports, and on stage)
💥Your metabolism and thyroid health
💥Your ability to lose fat (tied to eating behaviors, neurotransmitters, & hormones)
💥Your energy levels
💥Your self-control and decision making abilities
💥Your sleep and recovery
💥Your immune function
💥Your personal relationships
💥YOUR OVERALL WELL-BEING (physical & mental)
Stress is often demonized (for good reasons) but a not all stress is bad.
According to Yerkes-Dodson law, we do need 𝘴𝘰𝘮𝘦 stress (a healthy amount, known as “eustress”) to feel engaged and alert in a project or task.
And exercise (an obviously healthy activity) is a stressor itself. In fact, progressive overload (the main principle of muscle building) is quite literally defined as “increased stress” on your musculoskeletal system.
BUT you can likely understand how 𝘵𝘰𝘰 𝘮𝘶𝘤𝘩 stress in the above situations can push you past the “line of fatigue” and lead to things like inability to stay focused,
or frequent sickness,
or leave you in tears over the smallest inconvenience.
The goal is to find your “healthy happy zone” of some stress, but not too much.
Where are you at right now? 📈