This thing we call “stress” has been toying with your life for quite some time now. It became normal for you to say “I‘m too stressed to do it”.
It has been holding you back from getting the things you want in life. Now you have to decide, will you let it control you then later regret the decisions it has made for you? Or will you handle it so you can reach different heights in your life.
It is just a decision away, I know you want better and that is why we are writing this blog for you so you can have the tools to create the health and fitness you want. You may think it’s just a matter of “sticking to it” but handling your stress could be the very thing that can slingshot you to success.
Keep reading and you may find the answers you are looking to be energized and excited again. If you skip reading however, you may just go back to holding off from an amazing life for the next 5-10 years. I know you don’t want that so here we go.
It’s real simple. Stress is the one blocking you right? So why go immediately to something intense like going on a 3 month diet and killing yourself on the treadmill. Although, stress isn’t all bad, it is there to protect us. It is supposed to be a stimulus for danger. Whenever we sense danger our stress hormones trigger so we can fight the enemy and head to safety. The bad news is that we think everything around us is dangerous like going to work or writing a long paper. Maybe it could be confronting someone.
Our stress hormones are being over used. Good news though, we can manipulate our bodies to relax. When we are relaxed we are in control. Let me say that again “when we are relaxed we are in control”. I am not talking about sitting on the couch and doing nothing because even at that point our minds are still stressed.
We want to relax our minds and here are the 3 ways you can do it.
1. Record behaviours - those that work for you and those that don't... will lead to change.
Keep an inventory of yourself. How do you act when A, B, or C happens? Do you react like an animal to stressful situations or do you respond like a civilized human being. This is what separates us from the animals, our ability to consciously make decisions. Either take a mental note or write it down, I suggest the latter.
A great question to ask yourself is “how is my attitude right now on a scale of 1-10?”. If it is at the lower end then most likely you will be reacting to most things but if it is at a 10 then you will respond reasonably and you will have more energy for life. Take notes of your behaviours and know what serves you and what doesn’t.
2. Journal how you want your day to look like.
Most of the time when we are in a negative mindset all we see is the result we don‘t want. The only difference between being afraid and being excited is the outcome. Bad outcome equals fear and good outcome equals excitement. Think about it, why do skydivers get excited to jump off a plane that is 10,000 feet up in the air? It’s because their outcome is positive, they will have fun.
A great practice daily especially first thing in the morning is journal and visualize the outcome you want to happen. Your desired outcome.
3. Ground yourself with nature.
Get in touch with nature. Go for a walk at your local park or go hiking. Our bodies are conductors of energy and nature has it’s ways of balancing that to keep us calm and relaxed. You know what I‘m talking about. Whenever you go for a stroll where trees are nearby the air is always fresh. You can’t help but to inhale the good and exhale the bad. Nature helps us by allowing us to breath, breathing is a stimulus for relaxation.
These are just 3 but there is so much more you can do. Doing it once in while is not enough, make it a habit with the intention of relaxing. When you put this into practice we promise you things will change for the better.