It seems that everyone wants to talk about stress & being stress free lately.
Everyone seems to be stressed out about something.
Especially when it comes to health & fitness.
People are constantly bombarded with unhealthy images of what supposedly is and is not healthy.
Not to mention the reality of disease and degeneration that kill hundreds of thousands of men & women in the United States yearly.
Then there are bills, jobs, and unhealthy relationships.
Just thinking about these things can be overwhelming.
It's no wonder that we are all stressed out.
Before we go any further I want to ask a question.
What exactly is stress?
Stress as defined by the Oxford dictionary is
“pressure or tension exerted on a material”
“particular emphasis or importance.”
“a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances.”
“something that causes mental strain.”
I like the definition of stress that I heard from an author this morning.
The author defined stress as “the fearful reaction to life's constant changes.”
She went on to say that “stress can become an excuse that we often use for not taking responsibility for our own feelings.”
That hit home for me.
If we can put the blame out there on someone or some thing then we can just play the innocent victim, but being a victim doesn’t make us feel better and it doesn’t help resolve anything.
When I find myself stressing out, it helps when I examine what it is that I am actually obsessing over.
When I take an honest look at what is bothering me I see that I have gotten my priorities out of perspective.
I find that I’ve been focusing on things that may be important from a superficial standpoint, but are small in comparison to what is really important in life.
I may stress over my weight, money, or other material things that I think I can’t live without and when I think about the magnitude of these issues it seems like a solution will never present itself.
It can actually become paralyzing and thrust me into a cycle of inaction.
I have developed a solution to dealing with stress and since I've been applying these solutions, I've seen vast improvement in the area of stress in my life.
Here are a few action items that I have been using lately to help me deal with my stress.
#1Trust life- if our creator has the power to provide enough air for us to breath until the day that we die, wouldn’t it make sense that the creator can provide a solution to whatever we allow to stress us?
#2 Check your thoughts- If you aren’t seeing the results in your life in the area of weight loss or any other area of your life, check your thoughts.
Ask yourself. What fearful thoughts are you allowing to occupy your head space?
These are the things that “stress you out.”
#3 Transference- Replace fearful thoughts with positive thoughts.
The easiest way to do this is to keep a gratitude journal and write down at least 5 things that you are grateful for before you go to sleep each night.
#4 Do something- The next time you feel stress take a walk, go for a hike, or come on down to FitRanX and workout with us.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve asked my clients how they were feeling before a workout and received a negative response.
Then when I ask them how they feel after the session, I receive a positive response.
Bottom line, stress relief can be as simple as a workout.
To me, that is enough reason in itself to become active or begin an exercise program like FitRanX.
I hope you found this post useful.
Have an active stress free day,
Coach Sykes Out!