A pretty tiring day
Pedometer says: 14672 steps and I fast walked 35 minutes. It was the first time I tried to make it between 125 and 130 heartbeats a minute, and for some reason, it took me quite a long time to get to 125.
Filed under Brisk walking, Claude, Pedometer, Walking
I wonder if that was caused by stress?
I would have thought that stress would speed up your pulse, not slow it down?
But the effects of stress may not be consistent. You may have been so keen to reach the next level on the heart monitor and worrying that you might not make be successful – or that it might cause you difficulties – that your concentration was more on that than on actually walking that little bit faster. A little bit of stress is a good thing, I agree. But too much stress leads to a form of mental paralysis. And “too much” varies with the individual and what they are trying to achieve.
As a matter of fact, I kept the monitor on, started taking photos, and then when I started walking again, and turned on the monitor, I was up there in no time.
I never thought that stress could do that, but you may have a point!
I find stress a difficult thing to deal with. I often have to contend with it and that is frequently when I slide into a slough of despondency – I try to control things that happen in my life by not engaging in case it is stressful or contentious – by withdrawing. And that leads to depression. Terrible catch-22.
I find that ever since I stopped working, I don’t feel much stress. But I do remember times when I had students and colleagues to deal with, and sometimes almost felt under duress
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