In healthy doses, it helps to stretch limitations, for increased capacity and attaining desired ‘higher’ goals. The dose for everyone is different even if of same age, weight or race. It is important therefore to know one’s unique capacity and limitations.
The law of the rubber band explains it well: stretching holding more together increasingly till a point however, when further stretching results in snapping! Graded stretching reduces the risk of complications, that could incapacitate and result in no longer being fit for purpose.
Stress in small doses can stretch individual creativity, to devise ways and means of handling more work and increasing productivity. Awareness of the snap limit helps in putting up the stop sign, preventing loss that may be irredeemable.
Stress in toxic doses contaminates the mind and the body too. Ensuring boundaries are in place to prevent taking on more than one is designed for, in any life season, helps in keeping healthy physically and mentally. Please put up the stop sign before snap signs set in.
What are your body’s warning signs of exhaustion? What helps you recharge your batteries? What do others see when you are overstretched?
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