Acute vs Chronic Stress
Stress itself is not an inherently bad thing. It is necessary for things like growth and survival. The body and mind can adapt to stress and grow from it if it’s in the right dose and over the right time frame. You must be able to recover to adapt.
Short term stress:
– Humans are good at buffering short term stress. It is natural from an evolutionary standpoint. For example, sprinting away from a hungry animal would be considered an acutely stressful event.
– In today’s terms, doing a heavy (max load) strength training session or a long run may be considered short term stress. The key is: Being able to get back to baseline and recover!
– The same goes for mental stress/life stressors: Are they short term or do they never go away?
Long term (chronic stress):
– Many of the stressors we encounter today are chronic stressors. They are unnatural from an evolutionary standpoint.
– Bills, rent, relationship issues, work deadlines, lack of sleep/poor diet, busy modern lifestyle, technological overload etc.
– These often all combine to create a chronic stress state. If we can never get back to a baseline level, then the stress outpaces the adaptation and recovery: this often leads to some form of dis-ease.
Recognise acute vs chronic stress. Implement stress reduction strategies. Look at the big picture. Make sure you can adapt and grow.