Stress & Recovery – How to Cope with Stress

Stress & Recovery – How to Cope with Stress

Hello there! Today was my first time attending a research conference. It’ll be a 2-day conference on ageing and resilience. I’m quite interested in positive psychology and stress, so I managed to absorb quite some information today!

At the same time, recently I’ve been listening to the audiobook “I Know What To Do, So Why Don’t I Do It?” by Nick Hall, who’s a prominent psychoneuroimmunologist. I’ve gotten quite some takeaways from the book, but one thing that I found relevant to the stuff I learnt about resilience today was the importance of recovery.

 

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In this day and age when facing great amounts of stress in work/life seems almost unavoidable, the way to reduce the pressure on society is not (only) to reduce the amount of stress people are facing, but to teach them ways to recover their resources in equal amounts which stress has deteriorated. If you faced 25% amount of stress, you need to recover and reduce that same amount back to baseline. While he did not explicitly mention the ways in which you could reduce stress, some intuitive ways are: exercise (impt!!), sleep, 20-min walk in nature, travel, listen to music, quality time with friends, and engaging in your favorite hobbies.

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Many have the opinion that stress is all negative. While extreme amounts of stress may be debilitating, some stress is necessary to push us forward and help us grow. If you were to wrap a child’s legs in bubble wrap and didn’t allow the child to place stress on his legs or walk, he would grow up with really weak muscles in his legs because they did not get the chance to adapt and get stronger in the face of force and stress acting on it. Thus, a healthy amount of stress will do us good. At the same time, facing long-term stressors will have ill effects on our physical and mental health, which is why we need to learn to play, relax and enjoy as much as we work. Doing so would promote recovery, and return our stress levels back to its original state after having fulfilled its role.

 

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