Sitting with my last few clients has been such a pleasure. What better way to spend ones day than to pass on and provide not only information and tools that will help them to expand as a person and reach personal physique/body image goals, but to also help them with the one problem that every wellness practitioner sees on a daily basis in our fast paced world.
Stress. Yes, it surely may be true that many have read a lot of scholarly articles that delve into this topic. So why would one read an article on stress written by a nutritionist/strength and conditioning coach? Well, read on dear reader, and in this two part article, you may learn that sometimes, things are not what they seem on the surface. Especially when it comes to who you sit across from when you go and meet someone with “titles” and important spaghetti after their name.
Firstly, there are two types of stress. Dis-stress and Eu-stress (aka Distress and Eustress) but the “stress” is being put on the beginning of the word to indicate the important part of each.
The “eu” part in the word Eustress is taken from the Greek word meaning either “well” or “good.” and when we put it together with “stress” we get “good stress”. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eustress)
When we look at the word “distress” we see here http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/distress that it is “ From Middle English, from Old French destrecier (“to restrain, constrain, put in straits, afflict, distress”) (French: détresse), fromMedieval Latin as if *districtiare, an assumed frequentive form of Latin distringere (“to pull asunder, stretch out”), from dis- (“apart”) +stringere (“to draw tight, strain”).
Wow, sounds just like almost every person in the ol’ office. . .”streched to the limit and maxed out and all “tight”: Mentally and physically! It may be an opportune time to point out that my website www.topdownwellness.com has a domain name that just might describe how things work in this physical world we walk around in every day. TOP down. It all comes from our minds. Meaning, what goes on inside your head, gets displayed in your body. Think back on your life for a moment and ponder for a moment just when you looked and felt your best. What was going on at that time? Were you “in the zone” and more stress/carefree?
So there really is “good stress?” Yes! That is why when we “stress” our muscles at the gym or work at a job that we enjoy and find fulfilling, we see the benefits in our life and state of wellbeing; Not to mention in our physical appearance. It just may be that this very article was inspired by one of my favorite new clients today: She came in and I could “see” what was going on in her head just by looking at her body language and what was going on with her face (she did ask for another article!)
Needless to say, the session to follow did not touch much upon the “diet/nutrition” part but rather on what needed to be done so that she “floated” out of the Academy (www.battleartsacademy.com) and went home with a smile on her face!
Bring joy into your everyday life as well as your job by choosing to follow a lifestyle that allows you to balance the “di-stress” of life events that many times may seem just too hard to handle with the “eu-stress” of a balanced daily “flow” that includes an eating, exercising and relaxation routine.
“ Ok, Mr, smarty pants, just what does all this “Flow” and “eustress” stuff have to do with your main bag that seems to be weightloss and nutrition?”
Thats for the next article. Its late and sleep is a major component of weight loss. So good morning, afternoon or goodnight, whichever that is for you and I am off to bed to dream about part two and then pass it on to you when we meet again here at Anti-ageme.com!
Eric Morrison – Life “Fusion” Coach