Stress is something everyone experiences however, how you choose to deal with stress can either help or hinder your health and fitness goals. For some stress leads to over eating and for others stress can lead to binge exercising. Both spectrums can be dangerous therefore it is essential to gage your stress levels on a daily and weekly basis.
You can learn to de-stress by applying the following!
- LEARN TO SAY ‘NO’
Saying ‘yes’ every time you’re asked to participate in an event can place added stress in your life. It is essential to learn how to say ‘NO’ when asked to be a part of functions for family, work, or your community. Those who love and respect you will understand that you can’t be present and involved in everything presented to you. Saying no will free up more time for you to exercise.
- TAKE 15
Throughout your day, take 3-5 minute breaks to pray, meditate, or stretch during the work day. Stepping away from you workload or responsibilities allows your mind to relax and regroup. In return, your body will become more calm and centered.
- WAKE EARLY
Giving yourself enough time to focus on yourself in the morning is essential to having a successful day with less stress. Once you walk out your front door, the world waits for you, leaving you with little time for yourself. Therefore set your alarm clock early enough each morning to enjoy a hot cup of tea and some alone time. Your mind and body will thank you.
- SILENCE PLEASE
With so many distractions such as laptops, iPhones, and other electronic devices our minds become over-stimulated, which can cause our bodies to be in a constant state of overload which can lead to stress. Therefore at least two times per day. Disconnect yourself from your electronic devices for at least 5 minutes. Find a designated place for your iPhone and iPad and walk away. The internal silence you get from being detached from these devices will benefit your health.
- LAUGH OUT LOUD
Laughter releases good hormones that can assist in decreasing your blood pressure and heart rate from: It’s an old cliché but laughter is a good medicine. Therefore the next time you find yourself in a stressful situation, find something to laugh about. If you’re a visual person, place smiley faces throughout your work area or home to remind yourself to laugh when you feel stressed.
Stress isn’t something we can completely avoid, however if and when we take a moment to slow down and apply the recommended tips, you will begin to see a difference in your stress levels! Your mind and body will say thank you!