If you find yourself in a particularly stressful moment, taking 30 to 60 seconds to do some vigorous exercise can help you reset your brain and get back on track.
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In her new book The Resiliency rEvolultion, author and speaker Jenny Evans, explains that there is a physiological way that stress works with our brains, and that we aren’t built to carry stress with us for very long:
We talk about how to reduce stress. The reality is, nobody’s job is going to be asking less of them next year. And nobody’s family is going to be asking less of them either… Historically, fight or flight did not go on for days or months. It was over — or you were over — very quickly. So our systems are designed to turn on this stress response for a short period and then hit the reset button.
We know that exercise can make you feel good and help you de-stress, but for many stressful moments Evans suggests you only need 30 to 60 seconds of vigorous exercise to hit that reset button. As soon as you feel overly stressed, step away, set a timer, and spend a minute doing lunges, push ups, or any other intense exercises. Once the timer goes off, all of those wonderful workout chemicals will enter your brain, and your fight or flight system will reset. The best part is that you can do this anywhere and it hardly takes any time away from your day.