Lifestyle influencer and well being coach Vinayak Veer

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How does physical fitness help with stress management?

Someone rightly said, “The body achieves what the mind believes,” and it is really true. The stress hormone (cortisol) is a naturally created alarm system in our brain. It regulates your blood pressure, increases your blood sugar (glucose), controls your sleep-wake cycle, increases energy levels so that you can deal with stress and then restores balance. Elevated cortisol levels can be very dangerous as it leads to anxiety, depression, headaches, heart disease, memory and concentration problems, digestive problems, insomnia, etc. So we see that it plays a very important role in our bodies, and the only way to get rid of the stress hormone is through exercise, where light or moderate exercise with 40-60% of maximum exertion does not increase cortisol for a short time and performs at night still lead to lower cortisol levels. It is true that exercising at night lowers cortisol. Intense exercise increases cortisol for a short time due to stress on the body, but decreases it the following night. Physical activity is the safest, most reliable way to control cortisol.

Ways To Exercise Mental Fitness?

Discipline and the visualization of self-confidence are probably the most important qualities for achieving mental fitness or growth. People should listen to what they say to themselves – maybe not even consciously. If you keep saying, ‘I will never be able to do this before any activity, you will never be able to do it. If you tell yourself something enough, you will make it come true. Visualization also plays a very important role and the exercise is simple, just visualize your past achievements. It’s almost like a highlight role playing in your head. Focus on times when you felt wonderful and remember that feeling. It can give you a real boost and thereby help you in situations, trust me.

How can we keep ourselves mentally and physically strong during this pandemic?

The pandemic has taken a lot from us, be it the loss of a job or the loss of a loved one. Fortunately, however, we have few techniques that can help us be mentally and physically stable.

Journal writing helps relieve anxiety and stress, improves emotional strength, and allows us to think about the day. Aside from keeping daily records of events, you can try keeping a gratitude journal. When you think about gratitude, you feel that as the day goes on, you can bring positive energy and brighten your mind.

Exercise releases beneficial hormones such as endorphins that lift your mood and reduce stress. There are many workout videos online and free fitness applications that you can watch without using fitness equipment. You can also find videos that focus on specific body parts that you want to exercise.

Snack wisely by replacing your potato chips with fruits and vegetables. Consumption of sugary and fatty foods can contribute to depression and poor mental health. Eating healthy foods can help you deal with these issues and improve your overall immune health. Also, if you want to avoid baby carrots, try making your snack with healthy ingredients.

Lots of people who lead stressful lives, have any suggestions for them?

Stress is a silent killer that you never know if it leads to anxiety and leads to depression. Realistically, we cannot reject stress from our everyday life, but we can perfectly control it. Understanding the situation and committing to a positive attitude is one of the most important things. A positive attitude should be an attitude towards life. Stressful situations can put our strengths to the test. Accept the emotions we are feeling and keep a positive attitude. Focus your efforts on what you can influence, receive support, and take care of yourself. All of these things can help you manage your situation, reduce stress, and help you feel strong. Confident people get out of stressful situations. Seeking help from loved ones is a blessing.

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