Do you know what blows my mind? When people say they work best under pressure. Are you sh*tting me? All stress does is make me cry and want chocolate. Stress and I are not friends. (On a side note, another thing that I am not friends with is grammar, and I can’t fully tell if “stress and I” is grammatically correct. My apologies if it’s not). Anyways, back to the point. The last few weeks were insanely stressful. I was traveling, working outrageous hours and trying to settle a ton of personal things. And, whenever I’m super stressed out, the last thing I want to do is eat healthy and work out. Trust me, I am well aware that a good ass kicking does wonders for stress. Unfortunately, it just so happened that my ass was perfectly content lying in bed eating peanut m&ms, feeling bad for myself. Epic Paleo fail.
However, while creeping on Facebook the other day, I came across an awesome post by the Whole9 that was so simple yet powerful. The post is as below:
Tip of the Day:
Have health challenges? Don’t look for complex or specialized solutions. Start with the Godfather of Unhealth: stress. Manage current stress, but understand that there are many long-lasting consequences of prior stress (even if it’s no longer going on). Correcting adrenal dysfunction is paramount to optimizing overall health, and in Dr. Daniel Kalish‘s opinion, should precede targeted gut healing or detox strategies. #orderofpriority
Personally, stress is the root cause of the majority of health challenges I continue to face. Oh, you need this 14 page report by the end of the day? Great, let me go grab some cookies and get right on it. I don’t know why my body still acts like a 5 year old and thinks that cookies and candy will solve anything. Not cool, Erica, not cool. But, what I’ve learned from Dallas and Melissa’s post is the importance of taking a step back and checking yourself. Listen to your body. Recognize the first signs of stress and nip it in the bud. Go for a walk, clear your head. Do whatever you have to do to eliminate or reduce the stress in your life.
How do you guys deal with stress? Do you have any stress relief tips or tricks? Please share!