Happy Friday friends!! I hope you all have had a wonderful week! I am so happy to have Kat back on the blog today!! She is sharing about relevant and practical stress management tips that are easily applicable to our everyday lives! I am working on each and every one of these myself! Read more below 🙂
I love getting to be a little part of Ruthie’s fabulous world here on her blog. She always shows up in my “world” (the gym) in her cute, planned-out workout outfits while I’m all covered in sweat, peanut butter and jelly stains (from my kid’s hands), and a pineapple-kind-of-a-top-knot hair situation on most days. Getting to dress up nice and be a part of these photos with her has been a treat for me.
I’m very thankful to get to share a little bit of my health journey with you all right now. This week, I’d like to share how I manage stress in my life. It’s one of those inevitable things we all learn to deal with in life, and is a true enemy of health and fitness.
—– 4 ways to manage stress—–
Rest – Even when there’s still laundry that needs to be done and a pile of dishes calling your name, rest is especially important when we are trying to cope with a stressful day, week, or season. In both greatly overwhelming moments of stress and small moments of annoyance, I give myself time-outs by laying down on my (unmade) bed, closing my eyes, and shutting my brain off. I take brief vacations from my problems like these in order to let my thoughts cool off and reset. Even just a couple of minutes of shut eye typically makes a great impact on my current state.
Prioritize sleep – I’ve learned there is nothing more essential than a good night’s sleep. Not only is adequate sleep a key part to physical recovery, it is actually the only time our brain has a chance to get rid of waste (negative emotions and stress build up). I happily hit the sack earlier than most people to give myself plenty of time to sleep and recharge. For me, that is 8-9 hours every single night.
Exercise upon rise – After a full night of rest, it’s time to shake that body and break a sweat! In order to utilize that fresh morning energy, after a light breakfast and a cup of coffee it’s straight to the gym for me and my family. Daily routine works the best for us, so we try and keep this schedule 7 days a week. When you exercise in the morning, EPOC sets in (excess post-exercise oxygen consumption) which boosts our metabolism and burns more fat throughout the rest of the day. Win!
Practice thankfulness – When thankfulness combats stress, it’s like when light hits darkness. I can’t be negative when I choose to be thankful for my blessings and all the things that are going right in my life. Peace is the opposite of stress, and thankfulness is the support system on which my inner peace can be fed.
I hope my pointers are helpful. Remember, we’re all in this together as sisters, moms and friends. Let’s support one another, be beacons of hope to each other, and continue to pursue this healthy lifestyle journey together!