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 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.
- 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