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By: Morgan Paris, Certified Personal Trainer

You hear it everywhere. Stress is bad. Real bad. A quick Google search on stress returns this nasty list of effects that stress can have on our health:

  • Pain of any kind
  • Heart disease
  • Digestive problems
  • Sleep problems
  • Premature Aging
  • Depression
  • Obesity
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Skin conditions, such as eczema
  • Cancer

 

Um….yeah. Stress is bad. But instead of ‘stressing’ over it, let’s focus on a few easy ways to reduce the amount of stress in your life.

Here are my top three ways to reduce stress:

  1. Make your physical wellbeing a priority. No, but seriously. Eat well, exercise, meditate and get enough sleep. When your body is in good shape, you are more able to handle the demands of life. As I always say, “if you don’t have your wellbeing, you don’t have sh*t.”
  2. Stop the glorification of busy.  How often do you find yourself in conversation about how busy you are?  I know I have. While being busy can be good, our society has started to glorify the idea of being busy. But why? What are we getting by being busy? Is there an omnipresent score-keeper tallying up all of the things we are accomplishing? Who are we trying to impress with our busyness? In my experience, I have used busyness as a distraction from what is really going on underneath. I have used it to justify my value. You see, the problem with being too busy is that we miss the present moment! And frankly, life is too short to be too busy to experience it. Want more on this topic? Here is one of my favorite articles on ‘The Busy Trap’: http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/30/the-busy-trap/
  3. Do something that you LOVE. When you are doing something that you truly want to be doing, stress melts away. Your worries are by the wayside, and you are getting to express yourself in ways that you may not normally get to. It is VITAL that you spend time (regularly, not just once a year on vacation) doing things that you love. Perhaps even go after that new, scary, exciting career or project that you dream about at night?

There you have it. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3. For real – it doesn’t have to be hard.

But undoubtedly, we make it hard. I can almost hear you saying, “MY life just isn’t set up that way, I can’t possibly make that happen.” And to which I respond, “Think again, sister. Anything is possible.”

Big Love!

Morgan

 

P.S. If you need help with the diet and exercise, you know where to find me by now! www.morganparisfitness.com

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