Why being (a little) stressed on vacation can be good for your health


The bone Stress detectors are found in your stomach, intestines, muscles, or head. If you start to feel discomfort in any of them, please exit the leisure part and activate the rest part.


“Rest and enjoy!” It’s the advice we all give (and listen to) when the long-awaited holidays arrive. Rest for the body and recreation for the mind, two good recommendations, above all, before an autumn that promises to be so stormy it’s almost scary to look at the month of september on the calendar.

What it means to rest is clear: sleep moreeven the siesta, light sport in the morning or afternoon compensated by doses of hammock under the umbrella, little moments of sunshine with sunscreen -of course- to take vitamin D baths, that natural antidepressant that comes from heaven, to take a walk outside or simply to have an ice cream with no hours in between. The “dolce far niente” that clears the head so that we can be more creative when the time comes.

The idleness is another matter. It is the rest of the spirit, Free her from her daily occupations and worries. Have free time to fill your life with any other activity that has nothing to do with the routines of your daily schedule (even if it is only a short time each day because obligations as parents, for example, do not go on vacation).

Since then, in matters of distraction of the mind, there is no unanimity, everyone understands it in their own way. My friend Cris sends wonderful images of the Egyptian pyramids at dawn. Juan travels the United States from coast to coast. Jorge gets up at 4 a.m. to meditate in the forest. Lucia buys the Marrakech souk. Tere carried the national library in her suitcase. Of those who dance until dawn, I do not pronounce. And Rosa, the most risky, will stay with “the family and not with the others” (a sentence that I prefer not to interpret).

What rests the mind?

“What a stress!”, I think, with a certain healthy envy, because this year I’m not going on vacation, although, I appreciate your stories because they are better than any Netflix documentary for a human being. curious about human behavior. What does science say? This confirms the benefits of this interest of some to stress a little each summer.

According to a University of Georgia study published in the journal Psychiatry Research, this type of moderate stress it is good for brain function. Specifically, activates resilience processes, that is, the ability to recover and overcome psychologically after being exposed to stress or adversity. The same study indicates that this type of stress reduces the risk of developing more serious mental health disorders (including depression and antisocial behavior).

In other words, that a good morning to get to the pyramid of Cheops helps train your brain to manage future stressful processes; Is a kind of psychological vaccine dose cope with future setbacks.

This assumption that the levels of low to moderate stress make us more efficient and adaptive relies on the concept of hormesis: something that is toxic and harmful in high doses – such as sustained stress over time – produces the opposite effect in low doses. Thus, these activities allow develop, strengthen and improve cognitive functioning, essential aspects in the management of stress, but within the framework of a ludic environment. This is precisely what children do, they play to learn, which is why they have a great capacity for adaptation and resilience.

Study author Assaf Oshri (although he refers to work environments) suggests that if you find yourself in a environment that has a certain level of stress you can develop coping mechanisms that allow you to become a more efficient worker, to be more productive and relaxed at work later on. In short, while you are “fallow”, you are working, as the people of the countryside know well.

We are talking about a positive emotional stress potentially leading to personal development, while high stress leads to damage to the immune system, brain function, emotional regulation, etc. There is a fine line between the amount of stress that makes us grow and the amount that puts us in misery.

If there are several crystal sensors in the body, the spirit may think that it is capable of doing infinitely more things than it can actually do, but the body lives here and now. The Stress detectors are found in your stomach, intestines, muscles, or head. If you start to feel discomfort in any of them, please exit the leisure part and activate the rest part. It’s true, carry on enjoy everything with your five senses around you and so you will also practice the valuable technique of “mindfulness” known as “savoring”.

Epigenetics and positive memories


Epigenetics is the branch of genetics that studies which genes should be turned on or off in the DNA base sequence. A well-known example is that of monozygotic twin brothers carrying the gene for schizophrenia, where one of them can develop the disease and the other cannot, depending on the influence of the environment that causes said gene to be “activated or disabled”. , i.e. based on epigenetic variability.

The reason people with post-traumatic stress disorder struggle to suppress their memories is because their genetic makeup has undergone an epigenetic shift, as Johannes Grff, professor of neuro-epigenetics at École polytechnique de Lausiana. That’s to say, their memories were recorded in the genome.

Isabelle Serrano Rosa She is a psychologist and director of EnPositivoS.

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