Welcome Marvelous Monday! I think I should start off by explaining last week’s RESTING more than a day post. Yes, I closed comments for that post so that we could all rest. But I also did it because I knew I would want to respond to comments and engage in good conversation if I left them open. And to be honest, I had enough on my plate last week; I didn’t want to “stress” over not responding. Make sense?
Now let’s touch base on this topic of rest and stress.
Another reason why I physically rested more last week was because I was starting to feel overwhelmed and stressed with certain life things and work. You see, everyone deals with stress differently. Most will take find stress relief with working out, running, or some other form of endorphin high.
But me? Well, when I feel stress/anxious/overwhelmed, my body breaks down. I’ve learned this the hard way. And the last thing I NEED to do when I feel stressed is ..
- Workout at the same extent I normally do (trail running, strength, etc).
- Stress over stress
Something had to give. And since I wasn’t in control of certain other stressors, I needed to give up (or back off) the one stress that I was in control of; the physical stress (workouts).
Now, that’s not to say I was overtraining, I wasn’t. But, any type of stress (good or bad) over time can take a toll on your body and feel like it’s run a marathon.
Is exercise bad for everyone during stress? HECK no! It’s a great stress relief and stress manager. Except for me…. at this time in my life.
The best way for me to manage my stress is to be more intentional about my activity and my thoughts.
Laugh, walk, get outdoors, yoga, spend time with my husband/family, and spend more time reading my bible.
Did that happen? Yes and no.
I’d say 5-7 days it did. Which is pretty good for me.
Well, I feel much more MARVELOUS and RESTED! Ready to keep CLIMB ON!
To understand more about stress and the body, I recommend reading a few of my favorite links:
- Rethinking Stress By Marks Daily Apple
- Stress wreaks havoc on your gut
- Health Effects of Stress and Women
- Stress and Balancing hormones
- And I love this article from Laura about managing anxiety! Such a great balanced approach to food and fitness in general.
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Okay, now I’d love to talk. What are your thoughts on stress and physical activity?