Contrary to popular opinion, stress is not a bad thing. It allows us to perform at peak levels and can assist us through the flood of chemicals it releases within our bodies. What is harmful is too much stress, or more particularly, a lack of relief from stress. The times of stress must be balanced nicely with times of pure relaxation and leisure for us to be healthy and at our best. Many of the great leaders of our time were exposed to crushing
workloads and the burdens of high office. But they prospered by developing strategies to balance the challenging times with fun and calming times.
In 2018, the Mental Health Foundation authorized a UK survey which found that in 2017, 74% of adults had found themselves under a level of stress which left them feeling overwhelmed or not able to manage.
Indeed, seven out of 10 (71%) UK employees have seen workplace stress affect their health, according to research by Moorepay, with many taking sick days due to the stress.
So how do you deal with stress?
Taking a varied approach will bring the most benefits, combining rest, good recreation and exercise.
President Kennedy would have regular naps in his White House office. Winston Churchill had the same practice
and slept for one hour every afternoon to stay alert, focused and calm. Not only is it essential to be physically relaxed to maintain optimal health but one must couple this with vigorous exercise, good nutrition and pleasant leisure activities.
MGTfit Personal Training offers sufficient exercise, and tips on rest, with new courses on leisure activities coming in the future.