A stressed out life changed for the Better
It's simple: include stress management into your life
#1 Become aware
Living stressed out becomes hyper natural to some of us.
We seldom get that wake-up moment which shocks us back into the proverbial and real, NOW.
But, when that kick in the ass comes, we get a gift.
That gift is awareness.
One of the most stressed out trainees I knew was a classical workaholic. Teddy worked way too hard and was (is) way too quality of a human to notice how stressed out his life had become.
His wake up was a scary incident on the heels of his crowning achievement.
CHANGE stressed out habits early by getting aware.???
Shift habits = stress management
#2 Take action
My trainee Teddy was borderline diabetic when we met but close to a year later, his number were better.
Still, he was working on cementing his changes when his heart attack laid Teddy out.
Unfortunately, he allowed the stress of delivering a giant speech at the pinnacle of his professional success, understandably, derail him for a week as he traveled abroad.
Within a week, I was in the hospital with the weary Teddy.
There he pledged and outlined briefly, his plan to change his life and workouts to get stronger.
Gone were the poor eating, fast food-laden stressed out post-work eating binges. And, he banished the grinding workouts he barely completed on the weekend.
We cemented it with positive eating habits.
#3 Plan to feel amazing, instead of crappy
Without question, this is simple right?
When we lead stressed out experiences, we rarely sit back with this grand perspicacity asking of our stressful selves,
does this make me feel amazing??
Yet, we should!
If (and when) we do, we realize that no, stressed out living and habits make us feel worse in the long run.
After we take action, we instead get to ask how to feel AMAZING. In fact, this clarity of identifying what is making us FEEL GREAT makes it easy to see what actions we can take to change.
In other words, admitting you want to feel better – who doesn’t – is the quickest path to changing behaviors.
ABC’s of Change
Furthermore, those steps have names.
A is for the antecedent which is the trigger:
- An event you have to get in shape for
- Social gather with people who shame you unintentionally
- Over-rewarding yourself after a decent workout – binging
B stands for behaviors. Behaviors are the actions you change.
C stands for consequence. these are the feeling your garner from your action (or reactivation) of the trigger event.
Stressed out eating
We now know the ABC’s of change. Let’s finish with how stressed out eating effects us.
Largely, stressed out living leads to less governing of choices as we default to easy and quick instead of healthy and beneficial.
After 17 years of meeting people, very few break this mold.
With eating, we forget to process eating choices too which lead to us feeling less energized.
In turn this leads to us looking for quick refueling: refined sugar, small, constant snacking and the like. We have the ability ot change these habits with a bit of awareness.
Start with doing the thing that makes your feel better.
After that, we will gather action which help us change our eating. From there, we have more control!