Podcast: The effect of stress on the body and what we can do about it

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What are the types of stress that we are dealing with, and what can we do about it?

Listen in as Leanne share’s her thoughts on this seemingly perennial topic of stress. We look at the effect of stress on the body and what we can do about it.

Topics Discussed in this Episode:

The types of stress

When stress becomes problematic

How the body deals with stress

Eustress vs distress

The effect of stress on the body and what we can do about it

Key Takeaways:

The interesting thing about stress is that the body doesn’t actually recognise the difference between types of stress. Whether it’s mental, emotional, or physical stress, it’s all the same for the body

Human beings are very resilient. We can withstand quite significant amounts of stress at any one time. Where stress becomes problematic is when it is persistent and prolonged.

When we are in a stressed state, we are sympathetically driven. But that could be a positive (eustress) or a negative (distress).

The parasympathetic side of things is the state we should be in when we are sleeping or when we are eating.

Ideally, we oscillate between these two nervous system states — the sympathetic state and the parasympathetic state — throughout the day.

When you become stressed, the body goes into defence mode or perceives itself to be threatened even though that may not be the case.

Action Steps:

If you get an occasional burst of stress, get out there and burn that energy. Here are some of the things you can do:


Tabata workout

Interval sprints



Bring your nervous system down again and help it accelerate the switch from sympathetic to parasympathetic by finishing up with some breathwork, some meditation, or with a cold shower.

Leanne said:

“There is rarely a moment that passes when we aren’t subjected to some form of stress.”

“Stress is stress. And the interesting thing about it is the body doesn’t actually recognise the difference between these different types of stress.”

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