When was it Advantageous for our Ancestors to have Stress Slow Down their Metabolism? Is it helpful or harmful in our era?
Recently, IDEA Fit’s Home Page had an article that discussed a study about how stress causes the metabolism to slow down and results in fat storage and weight gain. Surprisingly, this is not new news. In fact, through Darwinism, our cavemen and cavewomen ancestors needed this physical ability to help them survive some of the harshest conditions. Do you know why? Is this now a case where there is no application for this particle physical adaptation or perhaps it can still help some people in our world survive or even your every day joe, in the right circumstances. Maybe, instead of labeling stress as “bad”, we need to learn how to better manage our stress with all the pressure of society and utilize stress at the right time. What are your thought? How do you manage your stress in healthy coping ways?
you bring up a very good conversation topic.
As humans, we seem to be the only species that is able to create a stressful environment and make our own stress by conjuring up what-ifs. To those we then respond as we would to the real thing. One of my favorite lines on the subject goes as follows:
Question: Imagine that a tiger jumped at you from behind a corner. What would you do?
Answer: Stop imagining it.
As trainers, we are often the calm in the storm of our clients lives as their caveman’s responses interact with the world they create. It has been well-proven that stress is at its greatest when people perceive a lack of control over the situation they are facing. One of my constant reminders (to others and myself) is that we still have a choice on how to think about a situation. This way puts us back into the control seat, even in the presence of truly stressful situations.
To me personally, I try to disconnect myself as much as possible from stressors. The 24-hour news broadcast brings disasters into our living-room around the clock, and only the bad news make the news. This creates the perception of an environment where people often constantly feel threatened by all the bad that is out there in the world. But there is a solution to that: the TV has an ‘off’ button.
I am curious about the other responses.