5 quick ways to manage stress

Stress management crazy

By Eric J. Collier
Cronus Health & Fitness

In the fast paced world of 2012 and as a personal trainer one of the major hurdles we have to help our clients clear with our in home personal training services is managing their stress levels. It may seem that there’s nothing you can do about your stress level. The bills aren’t going to stop coming, there will never be more hours in the day for all your errands, and your career or family responsibilities will always be demanding. But you have a lot more control than you might think. In fact, the simple realization that you’re in control of your life is the foundation of stress management.

Managing stress is all about taking charge: taking charge of your thoughts, your emotions, your schedule, your environment, and the way you deal with problems. The ultimate goal is a balanced life, with time for work, relationships, relaxation, and fun – plus the resilience to hold up under pressure and meet challenges head on.

If your methods of coping with stress aren’t contributing to your greater emotional and physical health, it’s time to find healthier ones. There are many healthy ways to manage and cope with stress, but they all require change. You can either change the situation or change your reaction. When deciding which option to choose, it’s helpful to think of the four as: avoid, alter, adapt, or accept.

Since everyone has a unique response to stress, there is no “one size fits all” solution to managing it. No single method works for everyone or in every situation, so experiment with different techniques and strategies. Focus on what makes you feel calm and in control.

1. Identify your Primary Stressor. Focus on reducing the stress in the area that is causing you the most stress. Alleviating the chief stressor in your life often creates a domino effect, wiping out or dramatically reducing other stressors in succession.

2. Make a Plan. Make a realistic plan to address your biggest stressor and set a series of achievable short-term goals, allowing you to clearly recognize progress as it’s made.

3. Eat and Drink Right. Internal stressors only serve to magnify external stressors! Once you know your metabolic type, go out of your way to eat as much organic and free-range food as possible. Also know that dehydration is a common cause of internal stress. Reducing your intake of coffee, tea and sodas, plus drinking more high-quality water, is an easy way to start reducing the internal stress on your body.

4. Move and Exercise. When performed correctly for your particular needs, exercise in the correct dose stimulates an anabolic (tissue growth and repair) environment. As we have stated in the past we teach clients to adopt a NEW healthy lifestyle. And that means incorporating these five (5) easy things into your life.

• Exercise regularly (at least 30 minutes 3 times a week)

• Eat a healthy diet: Start your day right with breakfast, and keep your energy up and your mind clear with balanced, nutritious meals throughout the day.

• Reduce caffeine & sugar: The temporary “highs” caffeine and sugar provide often end in with a crash in mood and energy. By reducing the amount of coffee, soft drinks, chocolate, and sugar snacks in your diet, you’ll feel more relaxed and you’ll sleep better.

• Avoid alcohol, cigarettes, and drugs: Self-medicating with alcohol or drugs may provide an easy escape from stress, but the relief is only temporary. Don’t avoid or mask the issue at hand; deal with problems head on and with a clear mind.

• Get enough sleep: Adequate sleep fuels your mind, as well as your body. Feeling tired will increase your stress because it may cause you to think irrationally.

5. Mental Exercise. Try harmonizing your thoughts, words and actions with your goals and you may find that this will help decrease stress. Make sure that you’re talking and thinking about what you do want, rather than what you don’t. You can also try reducing your stress through meditation techniques.

In closing, one of the more effective and fastest ways we have found at in home personal training services for clients to relieve their stress is a take-charge approach and a positive attitude, you can reduce stress in your life by nurturing yourself. If you regularly make time for fun and relaxation, you’ll be in a better place to handle life’s stressors when they inevitably come. For more information on this subject, or to schedule a no obligation complimentary fitness evaluation contact Eric Collier 256-509-9807 or visit us online at www.inhomepersonaltrainingservices.com.