STRESS. A 6 letter word with a thousand effects.
As humans, we experience stress in many ways. From something as small as sleeping through our alarm to the larger stressors of money and our careers. Things like extensive coffee consumption and skipping workouts/ social events may seem to be great coping mechanisms, when in fact they can make things worse. The feeling of being stressed may be present in all of our lives, but it does not have to take over.
Here common side effects of stress:
- Low energy and missing workouts
- Binge/controlled eating
- Depression and negative believes/self-talk
- Low sex drive, missing periods and erectile dysfunction
- Tension in muscles and insomnia
Can you relate to any of these? Many of our stressors come from associating ourselves with our stress. Do you ever catch yourself saying, “I am stressed”? This tells your brain that you ARE stressed and disables you from thinking outside the realms of this mindset. It also triggers your body to live in a flight or fight state.
You may remember this from Cassie, but sometimes our brains need a refresher. Here’s a 5-step process to overcoming feeling stressed and changing your mindset around the word in general.
Step 1: Recognize that you are not stressed, stress is a feeling you are having.
Step 2: Take a deep breath and a long exhale. Repeat.
Step 3: Replace “stressed” with “overwhelmed”. You can handle overwhelmed.
Step 4: Make a list of everything in your brain. Choose to tackle one of these at a time and recognize that trying to do everything at once is impossible and will only lead to the opposite.
Step 5: TACKLE IT, one by one. YOU GOT THIS.
Disassociating yourself with your stress may change your day and it’s no secret that we all live a healthier life when it involves less stress.
What’s a great way to engage in stress management? MOVE THROUGH IT! Strength training is a great way to do just this. By putting your mind and body to work, you’re allowing it to focus in on the moment and away from your to-do list. Strength training also gives us the energy and strength to tackle anything that comes our way. When we put ourselves first, we feel GOOD. When we feel good we become more motivated, creative, empowered!
Next time you’re having an overwhelming day, try moving your body and see how your day begins to change. No one ever regretted doing something good for themselves, but missing your workout will only make you feel worse and less motivated in your day.
Want to learn more? Listen to Rachel Molenda speak about how she overcame stress eating in her podcast “The Fill Your Cup Podcast” here. Need someone to talk to? Let us know! We’d be happy to listen. Remember, you’re not alone!