Too Blessed to be Stressed

When it comes to health and fitness, most of us automatically think of food and exercise first. Our overall health and fitness have so many other determining factors that contribute to how we look and feel. Stress is a major factor, and one I’m sure you all can relate with. We can identify and manage stress in many different ways, and learning and understanding how stress impacts your mental and physical health is very important. 

In our busy and fast-paced world, it’s nearly impossible to avoid stress. However, not all stress is bad. The “good stress” is called eustress. This type of stress can keep you energized due to surges of adrenaline. In contrast, chronic stress, which is never-ending, tends to have the most harmful effects on the human body. 

Now you may be wondering what exactly is happening when stress is triggered, right?

Well, the body responds with what is known as the fight or flight response, speeding up your heart rate and altering many of your autonomic nervous functions. This made so much more sense back when we were hunters and gatherers, but now this response is activated in all types of smaller ways and more regularly. 

For example, you could simply be having a stressful experience due to traffic or by a scary scene in a movie. The body doesn’t know the difference, and that’s where we have to step in. Being in a constant state of chronic stress can be damaging to the body and also lead to unhealthy coping habits. 

Regardless of what is causing you stress, your body will respond accordingly. The autonomic nervous system helps prepare the body to deal with stress and also gets you back to your resting state.

If I’m being honest here, I've dealt and still deal with managing a lot of stress. Good and bad. That’s actually what inspired me to write this post.

Learning how to manage stress is super important and it’s not easy. In our current society, for most people, stress will be something that comes up no matter what. I’ve found that incorporating a regular self-care routine can help, and that’s why I’ve kept the same morning routine for almost 6 years. 

I start each day with a grateful heart and spend each morning journaling my gratitude. This sets my intention first thing in the morning, reminding me of all of the things, both big and small, that have made my world a better place. 

I encourage you to try this practice of daily gratitude. During some of my toughest days, it’s what has helped me the most.

Another activity that has helped me reduce stress is working out. The second I begin my mind is focused and I always leave the gym feeling better. It’s feels like I’ve hit a reset button mentally. 

Over the years I’ve used working out to relieve my stress, yet soon discovered that I was overtraining and causing more physical stress on my body. I’m always preaching everything in moderation and finding balance. Especially when it comes to health and fitness. 

Both myself and my clients alike sometimes have difficulty finding a balance between what is too much and what is too little. I’m speaking from my own personal experience here. Overtraining can often have a reverse effect. 

Now I’m working out less than before, but I’m feeling better and seeing better results than in the past when I was overtraining. What I teach my clients is how to listen to their bodies. This is not an easy task, it takes patience as well as trial and error. 

Our habits can define us and control us in many ways. If this is an area in your life where you are looking for help or support, I would love to hear from you! With KitBody, I create customized and personalized coaching for each individual I work with. 

Not only are habits important, but they also grow stronger over time and become more automatic. That’s why it’s important to identify and get rid of the negative ones and replace them with positive ones. 

Our habits can make or break us, don’t let your habits break you!