We all live all our lives stressed out, eating mostly unhealthy food, not sleeping, surrounded by negativity and with almost no physical activity. This is the reason why we´re dealing with so many diseases and this is what´s stopping us to live a better life.
Our lifestyles are making us sick and I believe that making some changes and developing good habits is the key to live a lot better.
All of us can handle low stress or even high stress for a short period of time but no one can handle high levels of stress for long periods of time and when you spend most of the time stressed your body will get sick. Have you listened to the “fight or flight” response? This is your body preparing to either fight or run. If you are in a very stressful situation you may feel your muscles tense or your heart is beating faster this short term stress called acute stress may be caused for a situation you lived and your body is able to recover in short period of time. When your body stays stressed for a long period of time called chronic stress is when a lot of health problems take place and you get sick, your body is not able to handle it.
When your body is not able to handle it you can headaches, lack of energy, weight gain, skin problems, digestive issues, bad mood and many other symptoms.
Most of us live with chronic stress caused from very different reasons but in most cases our job or school, relationships and money are the principle causes. Hating your job and the need to go every day and spend most of the time with your coworkers and boss can get your stress high, some bosses don´t take care or their people and they make them feel bad and you also have the coworkers who are making fun of you and bullying. The same happens with school you may have some teachers you don´t like for different reasons, they treat you, they don´t have patience and a lot of your friends at classroom make fun of you.
If you add to this the fast pace times we´re living where you need to get to school or to your work on time and you get stock in the traffic, you have a lot of work or too much homework, you don´t feel comfortable and you don´t know how you´re going to make through the next pay check I think you don´t need to ask why you don´t feel great, why you have some health issues or why you are dealing with your weight.
Social media is also a huge problem, so many guys share pictures of them in great places and seems like their having a lot of fun and a great time and it´s actually the opposite, they´re looking for the likes and love on social media for they feel empty inside they´re not actually living the life they´re sharing. This creates high expectations and make followers think that there´s something wrong with them.
Chronic stress makes everything harder and can develop bad habits, some guys start smoking as a way to lower their stress which cause a lot more health problems, it can cause overeating because some people go to food as a way to feel better, most unhealthy foods creates a sense of pleasure the same way alcohol and cigarettes do but they use them as a way to deal with stress.
We all need to find ways to deal with everyday problems, and stress the tricky part here is that those ways you find to deal with it are healthy and not hurting you more.
As you can see we live with chronic stress and I consider this to be one of the 5 ingredients of fitness, the other 4 are nutrition, training, mindset and sleep. So being stress highly important I´m going to share with you everything I know to lower stress so that you can get in shape and sustain it but also to live a better life.
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