How to harness stress
Stress is a normal part of everyday life. It is a normal reaction to challenges you face, and it helps you to overcome them. Problems arise when you are exposed to stressors for an extended period without change to recovery. In modern work life, the numbers of stressors are multiplying and we don’t have a biological means to recover from them. That is why stress has become one of the greatest threats to our health and wellbeing.
For us to recover, we need to find a balance. For some of us a walk in nature helps, while others need a physical workout. However, what we all have in common is breathing. The effects of breathing exercises are manifold: the mind calms down, blood pressure and heart rate fall, memory and concentration are enhanced, uncontrollable cravings are easier to control, we breathe more slowly so we cope better and therefore recover better also from sports performance.