If you’ve alive, you will feel stress. According to Healthline, stress is a natural physical and mental reaction to both good and bad experiences that can be beneficial to your health and safety. Your body responds to stress by releasing hormones and increasing your heart and breathing rates. Your brain gets more oxygen, giving you an edge in responding to a problem. In the short term, stress helps you cope with tough situations.
Stress can be triggered by the pressures of everyday responsibilities at work and at home. As you might expect, negative life events also cause stress. So can physical illness. Traumatic stress, brought on by life-altering events, can keep your body’s stress levels elevated far longer than is necessary for survival.
Counselling is one way to help manage our stress levels. Counsellors typically provide ways to reframe your thinking to reduce the level of stress or the impact a certain situation has on your body.
Heart rate variation (HRV) monitoring is another way to manage stress by tracking whether or not you are giving your body enough time to rest and rejuvenate. If you live a high-pressure lifestyle, it’s important to be able to identify what activities you are doing in order to avoid burnout. Burnout not only depletes your energy levels, but it also reduces productivity.
It’s why we’ve included psychological counselling in our ultimate fitness package, IF Nothing Else Works. We have Pascale Bertoli, Psychologist & Stress Counselor, on our team to help our clients with stress management and to advise on the HRV test results. Mental health is directly related to your physical health and affects every area of it.
If you are interested to learn more, feel free to book your free consultation here and if you have time, check out Julia’s story on how the program helped her lose weight and improve her overall wellness.