Stressed! How often do you tell your family that you are stressed? I know I deal with less stress now than I used to but when I’m stressed, EVERYONE around me knows it. Ditto when I do not get enough sleep. Both stress and lack of sleep makes Denise a very grumpy gal.
So how do we deal with the stress in our lives? It took me many years to learn how to get my stress under control and this is one facet of my fitness journey that I deal with on a daily basis. If you are dealing with stress, I can relate to you. One thing became very clear to me, however, and that was when I exercised, I was better able to keep a lid on my stress. People have many ways of dealing with stress – some not too healthy. Usually these unhealthy methods ultimately leads to more stress because they are temporary fixes.
Stress causes an array of symptoms including insomnia, anxiety, depression, anger, and physical symptoms such as high blood pressure, nausea, colds and even chest pain. Scary stuff right? Don’t let stress control your life. Below are some healthy options to help you get your stress under control and I personally use them all:
- As mentioned above, exercise is the number one way I keep my stress in check. On the days that I don’t exercise, I find myself easily irritated and often grumpy. For me, it’s better to push through and at least work in the yard or take a walk even on my “rest” days.
- Meditating. Meditating, contemplation and praying are great ways to deal with stress. Just taking time to sit quietly, focusing on your breathing or talking to God will calm your heart rate.
- Unplug. Technology has made the world we live in quite different from the world of just 10 years ago. Take the time to unplug especially from work. This is one I myself struggle with but am making a conscious effort to unplug in the evenings.
- Acceptance. If you are dealing with a stressful situation that you cannot do anything about it, accept that you cannot do anything about it and let it go. Dwelling on things we cannot change is a major cause of stress in our lives.
As with all things, changing how you respond to stress is key and like many other things, will not happen overnight. But as I always write, baby steps forward and you will push through.
To your health,
Denise Sanger is a high energy business owner with over 30 years experience in the marketing area. She has transitioned her love of fitness and marketing into helping others succeed in their own businesses. She founded How To Stay Fit Over 50 to provide hope and support to others by motivating them to take the first step in their fitness journey no matter what age. Email her at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org