Stay healthy, Bar Meisters
Living a balanced life is very important for us as bartenders. In order to have a long, successful and healthy career behind the stick you need to take care of yourself mentally as well as physically. We are dedicated to you the bartender and want you to be your best!
As we continue to navigate unprecedented times, it is natural to be experiencing higher than normal levels of stress. The body’s reaction to stressful stimuli is called the “fight-or-flight” response, and manifests itself through quick and shallow breathing, increased heart rate and blood pressure, tensing of muscles, and an overall sense of frenzy. One of the easiest tools to reduce anxiety and stress is practicing conscious or mindful breathing. It can be combined with movement practices like yoga and stretching or completed by itself. Breathing is a reflex, and something we do not have to think about. Mindful breathing is a great practice to activate the relaxation response, improve performance, and get in touch with your body.
Relaxation is the opposite of “fight-or-flight”, and results in physiological changes like decreased heart rate, more controlled breaths, loosened muscles, lowered blood pressure, and feelings of calm. When we focus on our breathing, we are executing strength training for our diaphragm—the primary muscle of respiration. Strengthening our diaphragms results in better control of our breathing and more efficient delivery of oxygen to our muscles. This efficiency is bolstered by enhanced focus as we become one with our mind, body, and emotions.