Educate yourself about the dangers of an all-too-common problem.
Hope all of you are doing activities that bring you joy, decrease your stress and give you a sense of purpose to enjoy your life to the fullest. Here at To Fit You, my clients have various degrees of life situations that can affect their well-being from time to time. Are you stressed out? It could be a deadline at work or a grinding traffic jam. The causes of stress range from common frustrations like these to traumatic experiences like going through a divorce, losing your job or being a victim of violence. Most of us seem to think all stress is bad, but the stress response has a purpose, too. The tense muscles, rapid heartbeat, increased perspiration and surge of hormones are all a part of what is called the “fight-or-flight response.” If you are finding it difficult to find ways to relax, there are many resources to help you learn ways to increase your ability to do just that. Exercise, meditation, therapy, working with a health coach and spending time in nature are just some ways you may consider learning to relax.
Here are some stats from IDEA Fitness Journal:
Stress has been linked to a laundry list of ailments, including heart disease, depression, insomnia and anxiety. The following data shows that stress is detrimental to one’s health and well-being.
- Nearly three-quarters of 3,000 adults aged 18 or older reported feeling stressed about money at some point, with some respondents saying they sacrificed health care because of finances.
- Job-related stress tops concerns as 80% of workers say they feel stress on the job, nearly half say they need help in learning to manage stress and 42% say their co-workers need help with stress.
- Of all doctor’s visits, 75% to 90% are for stress-related ailments and complaints.
- Long-term activation of the stress-response system can disrupt almost all of the body’s processes and increase the risk for numerous health problems.
- For people who reported having a great deal of stress in the previous month, the most common change was sleeping less than usual.
There are many factors when it comes to taming our stress. Being mindful, slowing down throughout your day, reaching out to your friends and doing at least one physical exercise, especially one that you love and can do consistently. Most important is exercise that lifts your spirits and increases your energy. We all have many opportunities to increase our health and well-being, yet in order to move in that direction, we must first be aware of our behavior. Seek help so we can make changes to better ourselves and, in turn, be better for the people we love and serve on a daily basis. I am famous for saying, “Be the person you want to see in others,” so surround yourself with people who model that energy! As a health coach, I am always wanting my clients to seek ways to be their best. We all deserve happiness, so give yourself a break and take care of your well-being. It’s like they say on any flight: First put the mask on yourself and then on your child. In order to be there for others, you need to help yourself.
Are you ready to get fit, lose weight, eat healthy and feel great? Can’t do it on your own? Call or email me today to book your complimentary consultation to coach you in the direction you want to go.
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1750 Seamist Dr., Suite 170, Building 1
Houston, TX 77008