Cut Yourself Some Slack. It’s Good For Your Health

April 9, 2014 7:57 am 1 comment

It’s possible that Relaxeverything that goes wrong is not your fault, but even if it is your fault, you might think about forgiving yourself. Why? Because self-compassion, otherwise known as cutting yourself some slack, has been found to be associated with lower levels of stress-induced inflammation. A Brandeis University news release reports that researchers at the school asked 41 people to rank their levels of self-compassion according to their agreement to statements such as, “I try to be understanding and patient toward aspects of my personality I do not like” and “I’m disapproving and judgmental about my own flaws and inadequacies.” The participants then took one stress test a day for two days and their levels of interleukin-6 (IL-6), an inflammatory agent linked to stress, were recorded before and after each test. After the first stress test, participants with higher self-compassion had significantly lower levels of IL-6. On the second day, the researchers found something unexpected. Those with low self-compassion had higher base levels of IL-6 before the test, suggesting that they may have been carrying the stress they experienced the day before. The bottom line: people with low self-compassion appear to be especially vulnerable to the adverse effects of stress.

1 Comment

  • Even though I like to believe that stress is useful in preparing myself for challenges, unreasonable amounts of stress are still unhealthy on many levels.
    Thank you for sharing this.

Leave a Reply

Recent Posts

  • Fitness Pain High-Intensity Training Best For Endurance

    High-Intensity Training Best For Endurance

    It seems counterintuitive, but short bursts of high-intensity training appear to do more for endurance than running a marathon does. The Wall Street Journal reports on the research supporting the claim, which was conducted at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, where researchers asked 50 men to cycle as fast as possible for 30 seconds, rest for four minutes and then repeat the exercise six times. They then collected muscle tissue samples from the cyclists’ thighs, and looked for evidence of […]

    Read more →
  • Fitness Pain Women's Health Extreme Exercise Could Be Bad For Your Heart

    Extreme Exercise Could Be Bad For Your Heart

    Extreme exercise, such as running more than 35 miles a week or biking more than 150 kilometers a week, could increase levels of coronary artery calcium–a bad thing. The Wall Street Journal reports on a recent study conducted by British physicians that looked at the cardiac health of 169 serious endurance athletes. Forty-one men and 16 women in the group ran more than 35 miles or cycled more than 150 kilometers a week. The researchers found that, compared with the […]

    Read more →
  • Fitness Pain How Many Marathons Should You Run In A Year?

    How Many Marathons Should You Run In A Year?

    For years, the Wall Street Journal tells us, most marathoners thought it wise to limit the number of races run per year to two. Now, however, comes a new school of thought that suggests that running more could be just fine, and good for your finish time. The paper reports that so far in 2015, 15.8 precent of marathon finishers in races tracked by the Active Network ran more than one marathon this year, compared with just 2.3 percent in […]

    Read more →
  • Pain For Dislocated Shoulder, Just Say No To Surgery

    For Dislocated Shoulder, Just Say No To Surgery

    Yes, shoulder dislocations hurt. So does recovery from the surgery that often follows dislocations. Now comes a study from St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto suggesting that surgery can do more harm than good, by prolonging the recovery period from a shoulder dislocation. Researchers at the hospital studied the progress of 83 patients who suffered moderate or severe shoulder dislocations. Some patients received either plate-and-screws surgery followed by rehabilitation and others had non-surgical treatment with sling and rehabilitation. Ready? the envelope […]

    Read more →
  • Fitness Pain How To Uncramp A Cramped Muscle

    How To Uncramp A Cramped Muscle

    Cramped muscles, as New York Times health columnist Gretchen Reynolds tells us, were long thought to result from dehydration. Not anymore. That supposition was disproved when tests showed that it takes the same amount of small electric shocks administered to muscles of athletes who were dehydrated and athletes who were not to stimulate a cramp. What then does cause a muscle to cramp? Reynolds says recent research suggests that it’s  nerve endings that are overexcited, paradoxically, because they’re tired. What to […]

    Read more →
  • Gear Pain Supplements Send 20,000 To ER Each Year

    Supplements Send 20,000 To ER Each Year

    Dietary supplements send more than 20,000 people to the emergency room every year, according to a study conducted by the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The New York Times reports on the research, which tracked emergency room visits at a large network of hospitals around the country over a 10-year period. The Times reports that injuries from supplements include allergic reactions, heart trouble, nausea and vomiting, they were largely tied to a variety of […]

    Read more →
  • Pain For Lower Back Pain, Skip Therapy And Keep Moving

    For Lower Back Pain, Skip Therapy And Keep Moving

    How good is physical therapy for lower back pain? Not so good, according to researchers at the University of Utah, who followed more than 200 people with recent-onset low back pain who were randomly assigned to physical therapy or no treatment for the first month after their pain began. HealthDay reports that three months in, the researchers did notice some modest improvement in the ability to move among those who did physical therapy, which included back manipulation and exercise, but after a […]

    Read more →
  • Eating Well Fitness Pain Beer After A Workout? Possibly, With Care

    Beer After A Workout? Possibly, With Care

    Is drinking a beer after a dehydrating workout a good idea or a bad idea? According to the Wall Street Journal, it depends. The Journal quotes Jim White, owner of Jim White Fitness & Nutrition Studios in Virginia Beach, Va., advising us that, while the body needs carbs after a workout, beer, with only 14 grams of carbs per beer, is not best provider. White says a hard workout is best followed with water, or with drinks with a carbs-to-protein ratio of […]

    Read more →