“Stress is not just a vague feeling of being overwhelmed, anxious, or exhausted. It’s a physiological phenomenon that can be observed and measured.”
What are the health effects of your physical activity?
The way exercise reduces stress is slightly paradoxical. When you exercise, your sympathetic activity increases and parasympathetic decreases, which leads to the release of stress hormones and other physiological responses. Thus, exercise is actually a stressor for your body.
Is your sleep restorative?
Stress is physical response when sympathetic activity dominates the autonomic nervous system and parasympathetic activation is low. Consequently, a complex mix of hormones and chemicals is released, which in turn causes several reactions like increases in blood pressure, heart rate, and muscle tension. By analyzing beat-to-beat changes in your heart rate, Firstbeat makes it possible to monitor your All-day Stress and Recovery.
Are your stress and recovery in balance?
Good stress, bad stress
It’s important to keep in mind that stress is not necessarily a bad thing. Positive stress helps you to focus on work and accomplish tasks. High stress levels may also indicate that there is something exciting and thrilling going on in your life. Negative stress instead causes anxiety and discomfort. It makes you feel powerless and decreases your performance.
Both types of stress are an unavoidable part of life. The goal is not to eliminate stress but to manage it and find the balance.
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