Get all the answers to your questions: from finding out which activities are best for relaxation and how your biological clock works, to how biofeedback is important for managing your stress levels.
What's the best activity for relaxation?
The ideal activity for reducing stress and mental fatigue is actually relaxation. Various techniques can be used to relax, including common stretching exercises. Assume the basic stretching positions and maintain them for 30-60 seconds; while you shouldn’t feel pain, you should feel the muscle stretching. Afterwards, you will feel calm and relaxed.
What's the difference between ‘eustress’ and ‘distress’?
Stress can be understood as any phenomenon that disturbs the normal psychophysical balance. Although the word ‘stress’ itself has taken on a negative connotation, the proper term for negative stress is distress. ‘Eustress’ is actually a good thing, as it is caused by activities that stimulate our attention and positively affect our performance on both a physical and mental level.
What is biofeedback?
Biofeedback can be understood as the various systems that provide us with feedback based on incoming information. Biofeedback systems help us understand how our body is working. One example is the heart rate monitor: while at rest, the heart rate is displayed as a low value; when running, on the other hand, the heart rate increases dramatically. In stress therapy, biofeedback is used by certain tools that highlight the tension status of the main muscles involved in stress-related headaches and pains. After a certain period of training, the tool can help the body understand how to relax the muscles and relieve muscle pain.
How long does it take before a workout becomes stressful?
A workout can 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 note that physical activity also produces high levels of substances that are good for the brain, such as endorphins. The perception of stress is therefore subjective. Choose activities that you like, and take a break if you feel really tired.
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 also regulate the sleep-wake cycle.