Deadlines, family emergencies, job pressure, money worries—there are a lot of things that may trigger a stress response. As a result, you may feel tired and low energy. All you want to do is kick back on the sofa with a pint of ice cream and escape into the T.V.
But how much better do you actually feel?
When life feels overwhelming, often the first thing we may let go of is our healthy diet and exercise. But what if making the commitment to eat well and exercise will actually help empower you to see the opportunities in the situation rather than be a victim of it?
There’s plenty of science that proves that exercise strengthens the immune system, helps relieve symptoms of depression and anxiety, enhances self-esteem, produces more restful sleep, and helps people more quickly recover from adversity and better cope with stress.
If you could get all that in a pill, how quickly would you be calling your doctor or pharmacist? What if you could start getting those benefits by committing to moving your body for just 10 minutes a day?
It’s a lot easier to get up off the sofa and go walk around the neighborhood if you focus on how much better you’ll feel afterwards, all the health benefits you’re giving your body, the sense of wellbeing you’ll get when you take care of yourself, and all the reasons you want to exercise and eat right instead of focusing on how tired you are, how bad the situation is, and how you really deserve to sit there and do nothing.
It may still take some mental effort to get up and move, but once you get going you may feel good enough to keep going.
Stress isn’t something that happens to you. It’s something you feel about what’s happening. Eating right and exercising despite the stress factors in your life can give you the feeling of empowerment you need to begin taking control and creating the life of your dreams.
Together we can do it!