Managing Stress in our Daily Lives

Raise your hand if you think you have so much to do that you don’t have enough time to do it all. Okay, now look around and notice that almost everyone has a hand in the air. Now get over yourself!

That may sound a little harsh, but, seriously, why is it that people like to talk about how busy they are and then list out everything they have to do and the order they have to do it in? Blah, blah, blah! Almost all of us have almost the same stuff to juggle everyday. Why do we all complain about it?  Would we prefer a life without so many activities and commitments? I don’t know about that! What would we do with our time? Wouldn’t we become bored?

IDK, but no matter how much we wish for nothing to do, it is not likely to happen any time soon, so we have to deal with our busy, over stuffed lives! And one way we deal with it is by talking about it. I get that. I don’t mind listening. Sometimes I am the one ranting about my busy day. And, oh how I appreciate someone to vent to!

But an even more effective way to deal with our stress is..you guessed it…exercise! When we exercise regularly, our bodies handle stress better. I could cite several articles that back up the claim that exercise relieves stress, but this one from the American Psychology Association  explains that because we exercise, our body learns how to deal with stress. So the benefit doesn’t just occur on the day that you exercise; your body’s response to stress changes because you give it a chance to practice when you exercise.

No matter how BUSY we think we are, we don’t have time to neglect our workouts. If I said eating one piece of chocolate cake a night would help you relieve stress, you would eat it. Instead, I encourage you to engage in a challenging workout 5 days a week and you will feel less stress in your daily life. Do that! Let me know how it works!

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About judithisbell

Judith is a physical fitness professional offering advice and anecdotes about healthy lifestyles.
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