Are you feeling stressed?
Everyone has stress; but it is how we manage this stress that is most important!
Stress can have a huge impact on our health if we are unable to manage it.Certain levels of stress can actually have a positive effect on your health but if you stay in a stressed state long term (ie. chronic stress) it can have a negative impact on your health. When someone is chronically stressed, their body does not have an opportunity to recover. They will struggle to build muscle mass and will not be able to lose body fat due to the body down regulating its systems to conserve energy (for immediate survival)
So how can we deal with stress?
Eat a diet full of nutritious foods - What you eat can have an effect on your mood. Think about the last meal you ate and how it made you feel....not just whilst you were eating it but afterwards too. Did you feel content and energised or did you feel sick and sluggish?
Allow yourself time to rest and recover - When trying to get results in the gym a lot of us have the mindset of 'more is more' but it is important to allow ourselves to rest and recovery between workouts to ensure that we are not overtraining. Allow yourself to have rest days from your workouts. Not only will your body thank you for them but you will be able to work much harder in the gym.
Perform a relaxing activity - Find something that you enjoy, something that helps you to relax and for a moment makes you forget all your worries in the world. Whether that be something such as yoga, reading, meditation or heading to a day spa.
It is important to remember that stress management is very individualise and what works for you may not work for someone else. The goal is to find something that works for YOU!