Questions & Answers

From discovering which exercise is best for relaxation and knowing how your biological clock works to how biofeedback is important for your stress levels – discover all the answers to your questions.

What is the best exercise for relaxation?

The ideal activity to reduce stress and mental fatigue is actually relaxation. There are various techniques in order to relax, including common stretching exercises that lengthen the muscles. Try the basic postures of stretching and keep them for 30-60 seconds; you shouldn’t feel pain, but you should feel the muscle stretching. Afterwards, you will feel calm and relaxed.

What is the difference between ‘eustress’ and ‘distress’?

Stress is any phenomenon that disturbs the normal psychophysical balance. The word ‘stress’ has taken on a negative connotation, but the real negative stress is distress. ‘Eustress’ is actually a good thing, as it’s determined by all those activities that stimulate attention and positively affect performance, both physical and mental.

What is biofeedback?

Biofeedback means all those systems that give feedback based on incoming information. Biofeedback systems help perceive how the body is working. One example is the heart rate monitor: when at rest, your heart rate is shown as low; when you are running, it shows how the heart rate increases dramatically. In stress therapy, biofeedback is used by some tools that highlight states of muscular tension in the main muscles involved in stress-related headache and pains. After a period of training, the tool helps the body to understand how to relax the muscles and relieve muscle pain.

How long does it take before a workout becomes stressful?

A workout could become stressful, even after 45 minutes. This ‘stress’ is caused by an increase in cortisol levels in the blood as a form of protection against the stress caused by training. But, it’s important to remember that physical activity does produce high levels of substances that are good for the brain, such as endorphins. Therefore, the perception of stress is individual. Choose activities that you like, and if you feel really tired, take time off.

What is the biological clock?

The biological clock is an internal mechanism of the body. A group of cells located at the base of the skull are responsible for the timer function. Throughout the day, these regulate the secretion of hormones such as cortisol, growth hormone and testosterone and they also determine the sleep-wake cycle.

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