How many of you easily get stressed over things that you perhaps shouldn't let bother you? Does stress build up over time in your life and you find yourself snapping at things? Sometimes a small amount of stress on the body is a good thing and can lead you to hurry a task or it gives you a pleasant 'kick up the backside' to take control of things important to you. But what about some of you that lead a stressful lifestyle day in, day out. What is it doing to your body ultimately? Weight gain? Lack of motivation? Lack of energy? No sleep? There are lots of negative factors associated with stress and here are some ways you can Smash Stress and Stay Happy :)
What Causes Stress
This is quite obvious but sometimes to read them and re connect with what causes stress in your life is necessary so that you can do something about it. For many of you, the reason why you are stressed could be because of your job or your family life? You could be stressed because you have an important deadline to meet or you don't get enough sleep. Usually, when asking people why they are stressed there is always a direct correlation between themselves and the job they are in. Some of you are unhappy with work and this then causes a knock on effect. With no passion for what you are doing you then find it hard to motivate yourself in other areas. On it just gets worse and worse until you TAKE CONTROL of what is going on.
Fitness and stress is related. Did you know that being stressed is a contributing factor in weight gain and increasing your fat cells within the body. Being stressed means you are less likely to be motivated and when you aren't feeling motivated you will find excuses not to exercise. Are you relating to this, is this you? Don't feel embarrassed if this is because you need to first accept that this is happening in your life before you can do anything about it. So what can you do...
Very few people like change as we become accustomed to our lifestyle and we tend to have our daily routines which we like to stick too. If we have to change something it means we will break the routine and this can throw a lot of people off changing something. It doesn't have to be a big effort, you could change something small within your day which is going to help relieve stress. Changing something as big as your job might not be something you are ready to change but why not change something small within it? Take a break at some point, don't work through your lunch and make sure you get away on time. Small changes can promote happier feelings and therefore relieve stress.
Yeah, it shouldn't come as a surprise that eating healthy will make you feel better. A healthy diet is very important with fighting stress and showing stress who is boss. Foods high in Omega 3 and 6 help combat stress so be sure to include oily fish like salmon and mackerel in your diet. Other foods such as fruit and vegetables will also release endorphin's within your body that will keep you feeling happy and energised throughout the whole day.
Start an exercise plan which isn't going to put a big demand on your lifestyle. Commit to exercising two or three times per week so that you feel better. It is proven that by exercising as little as 90 minutes per week it can help you feel more energised and more motivated to do more things. Not only that but exercising will improve your health, weight, muscle tone and so on. There are so many benefits to exercising and you don't have to join a gym to do so. You could walk, jog or run outside on the streets or in a local park. You could buy a fitness DVD that will offer similar benefits as a workout in the gym.
Stay On Top
Once you start to take control of your life and deal with stress you will become happier. Let me write this again, when you start to take control of your life and deal with stress you will become happier!! The key is to micro manage what you need to do so that you fix the problems. Make sure you address the issues sooner rather than later so you can go into the new year feeling great. Remember, exercise and healthy eating, good sleep and a positive attitude is what will help you stay on top. Don't sweat it, you can do it!