For so long I used to consider myself a high stress person. I was driven by pressure. Little did I know this was feeding the growing inflammation in my body. It started to show up in the form of a migraine headache, then high blood pressure, fatigue and belly fat. Yes that’s right stress overtime accumulates belly fat as you age due to the production of cortisol.
Now I have come to enjoy my rest day. Our body needs time to reboot and refresh. Muscle grow and our minds are replenished on rest day. But if we keep going and going and going like the energizer bunny we will eventually burn out. Over the years I have learned to allow myself time to wind down and replenish. Now it has become a part of my daily lifestyle. A lifestyle where I have incorporated daily practices that allows me to stay in balance.
Now don’t get me wrong every now and then I get out of balance ~ like a couple of weeks ago. I noticed I started to have road rage lol. It was actually kind of funny because my children would laugh at me and the things I was saying. Although we laughed about it, I said you know what I want to set a good example because road rage can become a serious issue; and at the same time it made me realize I was out of balance. I had to check myself and pay attention to what was throwing me off balance and rectify the situation. Now all is well and I am not complaining about all the crazy drivers on the road.
Do you actually take time to allow your body to rest, to reboot, refresh so it can rebuild? If you don’t you should.
What are you doing that causes stress on your body?
Always over thinking/planning
Over extending yourself ~ rushing from one thing to the next
Things to do to allow the body to reboot:
Go for a casual walk in a nature setting if possible
Enjoy a nutrient dense meal
Read a book
Take a nice relaxing bath
Take some time to pay attention to your triggers. Try to find 5 minutes a day to practice one of these tips to help you regain your balance and limit your stress. Now it doesn’t mean to sit around and do nothing. You can be productive without being stressed.
Until Next Time