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Feeling exhausted?  I want to briefly layout some of the most common symptoms of stress…lack of sleep, lack of energy, and belly fat or extra weight that just won’t go away.  Hopefully, you have been listening into my Innergized Podcast this month as I have devoted the entire month of August to DeStressing Your Life.  At the end of the month, I will be extending a limited offer on a Training Specific Series on De-Stressing your life.  In this course, we cover this concept in depth, all dimensions of exercise from physical, mental, relational, emotional, and even spiritual, you will discover simple strategies that work to conquer your fear and so much more.  With that in mind, let’s get started by discussing stress & how it affects the body.

STRESS DEFINED

Stress is a state of tension that is created when a person responds to the demands and pressures that come from work, family and other external sources, as well as those that are internally generated from self imposed demands, obligations and self-criticism. Stress is both additive and cumulative. It adds up over time until a state of crisis is reached and symptoms appear. These symptoms may manifest themselves psychologically as irritability, anxiety, impaired concentration, mental confusion, poor judgment, frustration and anger. They may appear as physical symptoms. Common physical symptoms of stress include: muscle tension, headaches, low back pain, weight gain, insomnia and high blood pressure. If you have belly fat that you can not get rid of, plateaued in a weight loss program, or are gaining weight, stress might be your issue.  There is a stress hormone called cortisol that resides in your belly.  Take this seriously and you will see a change.  Untreated, these symptoms may lead to physical illness and sometimes death.

When we experience stress related symptoms, initially should try to identify and remove the stressor or stress-causing agent.  This is not as simple as it may seem, because in some situations elimination of the stressor is impossible, a person may not even know the exact causing agent, and remember not all stress is bad.   Sometimes, this is acting as a catalyst for you to break through into a new dimension of life.  It is helpful to keep a log of time and days when symptoms occur as well as the events that transpire before and after the onset of symptoms.
To follow is one action plan for you to initiate.  I many ideas and suggestions for you however it would take me an entire book, personal coaching or training series to truly assist you on simple implementation strategies that will work for you.  With that, here is a strategy that has worked for me and many clients.
ACTION PLAN:   Begin ending your day on PURPOSE.
Do you fall asleep on the sofa? Do you drift off to sleep vowing to read one more chapter in a book only to wake up with the lights on and an open book on your pillow? Do you fall asleep watching TV?  Do you take your laptop to bed?  Do you check facebook, twitter, email or phone apps while laying in bed?
**Studies show that most people have a more restful night’s sleep when they have a bedtime routine.
IDEAS FOR BEDTIME ROUTINE:
  • An hour before bed
  • Dim the lights
  • low or no noise
  • play low soothing music
  • put on pajamas or at least take off you clothes from the day
  • while putting on lotion or before bed – do Facial Fitness exercises (taught in Health & Fitness Day and on Training Specific Series)
  • massage lavendar oil onto your shoulders and neck
  • automatic neck massager as you lay in bed
  • acupressure pad for 5 min before bed
  • breathe – inhale 5 seconds, hold 5 seconds, exhale 10 seconds
  • close eyes and imagine your entire body relaxing – starting with your hair to forehead, to eyebrows, to eyelids, to eye sockets, to nose…down to your toes
  • keep a note pad by your bed for to do list thoughts
  • be laying down by 11pm
  • turn off the lights and rest until drifting off to sleep
End your day intentionally and you will find yourself energized to begin your next day.  As you start this process, continue to add and try a variety of these listed above.  I do them all constantly.  Don’t wait until there is a problem to start taking care of yourself.  Practice extreme self care and allow preventative medicine to come into your life.  If you say, I just don’t have time for this or you just don’t know my story.  I challenge you to pick something from the list above and get some rest.  None of this will change your situation, get you a new job, clear the traffic, earn you more money.  Although, it will help you take care of you and begin to reverse the stress inside your body.  This will lead to you handling situations differently, to become more of you in life, and to save you from distress.  It might even help you start losing weight, sleep better, energy all day.
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