Stress can significantly affect ones health. Fatigue, headaches, and body aches are only a few of the symptoms we experience due to stress.
The stress we experience today comes in part from the pressure of our connected world. We find it extremely difficult to switch off from the demands of the workplace and running a household to concentrate on personal priorities. Increased stress leads to unhealthy behaviors. Poor eating habits, lack of sleep, and little physical activity can lead to bad life choices. We all experience stress in different ways. Some may feel it is hard to focus or concentrate, while others become angry or irritable. Whatever the case may be, it is important to get ahead of it.
So how do we cope?
First, it’s important to know yourself. Be aware of YOUR symptoms. Recognize how you deal with stress. What are your specific triggers? Reflect on this, then unplug and tune in to yourself. Find an outlet. Allow yourself time, breaks, etc. through out your day. This is something we as a society need to really work on. It is an effort for us to turn our brain off and relax.
In my opinion, the quickest way to relieve stress is to release endorphins through exercise, you feel satisfied and happier. Another suggestion is to get a good nights sleep. This can be hard if you are stressed out – Believe me I KNOW! Sleep and stress tend to cause a vicious cycle if you’re stressed, then you can’t sleep, which makes you ill-prepared to handle the stressors of the next day, leading to more stress. To relieve stress before bed, try some relaxation techniques and disconnect from technology as much as possible an hour before bedtime. To ensure the proper amount of rest (7-8 hours is recommended), set an alarm reminding you to go to bed.
Below please find a few more suggestions to help ease the stresses todays society has on us and lead you into a better Wellness Journey.
1. Exercise 30 minutes a day
2. Meditate- 10/15 min breathing breaks a few times a day
3. Talk with friends
4. Make a to do list to clear your head (then put it in a drawer and forget it)
I hope you found this helpful! I look forward to your thoughts and opinions. Please share below how you react to stress. What triggers stress for you and how do you cope???
We know we should do it, but we don’t. Especially in this day and age we tend to put others before ourselves. There is always something else that seems to take priority over what we REALLY want to be doing. This is truly a mindset. Both men and women need to re-work the brain to adhere to a new mindset where taking care of ourselves is of utmost importance. When we make a conscious decision to prioritize our own health, career, finances and self-interest, we begin to gain some clarity that allows us to move about our daily lives with more confidence. We learn to care for ourselves without resentment and therefore become stronger as a person. This makes us better parents, partners, friends and workers.
Each week create a goal. Spend time brainstorming on how to reach that goal and write it down. Writing it down will help you commit. This little shift makes your brain think more about it, a little trick I learned from a Wellness Workshop. For example, I love to run, it’s the only time I really give to myself, but since opening the center (which I love), my time has become limited. I always plan to jump on the treadmill, but instead, I answer an email, or pick up the phone etc. I miss my runs. I am committing (writing down) to getting up a half hour early 2 days this week (Tu/Th) to run on the treadmill. I have made a promise to myself that I will not ‘work’ until I accomplish this goal on those days. Your goal does not need to be fitness related. As I said in last week’s blog, Wellness is many things. Read a few chapters, watch a favorite movie, call your best friend, Sleep! Whatever makes you feel good, do it first! I promise you’ll feel better. I’ll keep you posted on my progress.
Comment below with what you will be doing to change your mindset, and improve your self-care. I’d love to hear what you are doing.
Statistics show that everything we do and feel relate to our well being. So what exactly is a wellness program and why does it matter?
Wellness programs are more than just working out and eating properly. A good wellness program includes all aspects of healthy living. When we feel ‘well,’ we tend to make better choices for ourselves. Positive choices lead to positive impacts on our lives. It is an active process to feel confident and aware that we are in charge of our own happiness and our own health; leading to total wellness and a fulfilling life.
This is not just being free of illness and pain, but a change and growth of the total person. It is a personal gain in our physical, mental, and social abilities. Working toward wellness is a constant process and something we need to continue to work towards everyday! This process is best worked with others, don’t try and do it alone! Lean on each other, spend time with people who like the same things you, laugh more. Lets work together to take small steps to long lasting healthy lifestyle changes.
Here are my five top tips to get you started:
1. Sleep- at least 8 hours a night
2. Calm your mind- yoga, breath, meditate
3. Go outside- get some fresh air (even if its cold)
4. Hydrate 8-10 glasses a day. (it'll fill you up and your skin will look great)
5. Gratitude- Keep a gratitude journal each day name one thing you are most grateful for
Monday Wellness Challenge for the week:
SPEND 10 MINUTES EACH DAY DOING SOMETHING FOR YOURSELF
(example/ read a book, paint your nails, do nothing!)
Here’s to your health and wellness!
Until next week,