How to use exercise for stress management. Are you wondering if you are doing enough or too much? When is movement and exercise causing more stress then it helps to manage it? This is definitely a balancing act when it comes to our health. And it’s one where I see most people constantly swing from one end of the spectrum to the other.
So, there is not a straightforward answer to this since we all have different lives and preferences. But there are a few things that can help in the balancing act of how to use exercise for stress management.
Let’s do a scenario. If you know that you haven’t been moving or exercising lately but you get the recommended hours of sleep but the stress at work is quite high. Then you could benefit from doing some form of movement.
You can be flexible with your approach to movement and exercise.
There are plenty of studies these days that show how important moving is for our bodies and our mental health. The focus here is on moving, not formal exercises. Something worth remembering when you feel drained after a day at work.
Let’s do a second scenario. Let’s say you have been exercising on a regular basis. You know you have been consistent for a longer period. A child has suddenly gotten sick and you are not getting much sleep or you are working extra long hours at the minute. This is a scenario where I would recommend you to back off. Doesn’t mean you would benefit from doing nothing. But taking a couple of sessions out and changing them for a walk, however long, feels good for you. Try and do some dynamic stretches 2-3 times a day might be what you need.
Consistency is key, not perfection. It’s the small habits that you can be consistent with that will make the biggest difference for your health.
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