We all know how it goes. We constantly race around trying to please our kids, please our spouse, please our boss and seem like a sane person to the rest of the world..sometimes we remember to eat.
Today's world is so busy and overstimulated with rings, dings, honks, sirens and other forms of irritating noise that there is no mystery we keep hearing about more and more people "losing it" in various ways on the news.
Let me put this to you plainly: The CDC reports that 110 MILLION people are DYING per YEAR as a direct result of stress-related illness. Thats 7 people every 2 seconds.
Lets roll out what these illnesses look like:
High blood pressure
Depression (linking to Suicide)
Cirrhosis of the liver (probably from alcohol and then Tylenol to rid of the hangover)
It is CRITICAL to take steps to manage chronic stress to ensure your body is functioning as it should and for your overall health and well-being. There is absolutely NOTHING selfish about Self-Care.
Now that my point is proven, lets discuss a few ways to help manage anxiety, eliminate stress and otherwise calm the fuck down:
YOGA - I don't care if you think its boring, it's essential and here's why:
Yoga increases body awareness, relieves stress, reduces muscle tension, strain, and inflammation, sharpens attention and concentration, and calms and centers the nervous system. It has been shown to increase the level of gamma-aminobutyric acid, or GABA, a chemical in the brain that helps to regulate nerve activity. This is especially relevant to people who have anxiety disorders in which GABA activity is low.
NUTRITION - We all know this one, but for one excuse or the other, no one wants to own up to the fact that Mexican is not a healthy choice.
We are a world of convenience eaters. Fast, delicious and filling is all anyone seems to care about these days and it's available EVERYWHERE. But your brain and gut are one in the same, so if you think eating pizza won't effect your mood or ability to function---well you're probably busy stuffing yourself with garbage so you're not thinking clearly.
Here's a good rule to live by:
80% of the time, if it didn't come from our natural planet, keep it out of your mouth.
20% of the time....indulge (I love tacos and pizza as much as the next guy)
Audible might be the greatest invention of all time. I run three businesses so I do not time to sit down and read very often. However I LOVE learning and exercising my brain.
Plan 1 to 2 hours per week listening to a book that will either grow you as a person, teach you something new, or let you escape into a story. Traffic might be that perfect hour to turn it on! Firing new and unused neurons in your brain help you break old habits, become more creative, removes those same aggravating thoughts you repeat day in and day out, and might inch you toward becoming the version of yourself you want to be.
DISCONNECT - There isn't much to say here.
Get off your phone, go find a trail or a park, go for a walk and disconnect from this world. Make it a plan 2x a week for 30 minutes or more and make your family do it too.
BE A PLANT - Sunlight and water goes a long way when trying to detox your mental and physical space. Take in more sunlight, drink at least 1L of water a day and be still for just a few minutes.
Meditation IS super boring, but it will help you immensely in the long term (try it first thing in the morning before the day has its way with you)