Hormetic Stress Support

Hormetic Stress Support

September 20, 2023 3:26 pm

Hormetic stress, We all know that long term stress isn’t good for us. It’s bad reputation has encouraged us to avoid it at all costs, even slight discomfort has a repelling connotation. Stress has been a proven contributor to many physical ailments, but what about the good forms of stress? Read on to find out how gradual discomfort can strengthen our resilience and self confidence.

What is Hormetic Stress?
Hormetic stress is the right amount of stress where the body is challenged but it is not overly fatigued or sent into a state of emergency or panic because of this the body isn’t weakening due to a total lack of stress exposure but it is avoiding the nasty side effects of toxic stress. Hormesis is defined as an adaptive response of cells and organisms to a moderate usually intermittent aspects of stress. 

Can Some Stress Be Supportive?

Sometimes being stressed isn’t such a bad thing. We’ve heard repeatedly that stress is unhealthy and that we should try to manage it as much as possible. Stress does not have to always be harmful, after all the body’s fight-or-flight response is meant to be protective, not harmful. There’s no question that chronic stress caused by things like an unsustainable workload, poor relationships, lack of sleep, or financial hardships can wreak havoc on your health. Hormetic stressors, on the other hand, are controlled, acute stressors that trigger healthy adaptive responses.

Good stress exposure is the positive responses involving optimal levels of stimulation. In other words, it is stress that may arise from doing something demanding but enjoyable. Short-term reactions to stress in general, can actually help us deal with an actual stressful experience. Repeated exposure to stressful events gives the chance to develop both a physical and psychological sense of control and resilience, so when they’re in actual danger, they don’t just shut down.

The Brain’s Boost

Low-level stressors stimulate the production of brain chemicals called neurotrophins and strengthen the connections between neurons in the brain. This may be the primary mechanism by a physical stressor helps boost productivity and concentration. Below are some beneficial stressors than can triger these neurotrophins.

Low Level Positive Stress Exposures

  • Cold water therapy.
  • Sauna and heat therapy.
  • Breath work.
  • Exercising.
  • Fasting and detoxing.
  • Concentration and challenges.

When Stress Becomes Chronic

It’s only when stress becomes chronic, or we feel we’re no longer have control of a stressful situation that it may negatively affect our health and wellbeing. These hormetic stress practices may help manage mental wellbeing however, do not feel disheartened If you still have difficulty managing stress, talk with a healthcare provider or mental health professional.

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This post was written by Amelia Crossley