Recently I’ve been really stressed. There is a lot going on at work and I am going through an interview process for a new job. It got me thinking – stress has a huge impact on me. I know, I know – of course it does! Our stress hormone goes up – and that’s not a good thing for anyone.
I also get headaches and I feel exhausted when I’m stressed. How much of that is truly from the stress of the situation though? When I’m stressed I do not have a good appetite. I eat very little and, when I do eat, I’m not eating my usual healthy meals – I’ll eat anything. “It’s ok” I tell myself, because I’m stressed. I use stress as an excuse to not focus on my health goals. What if I actually ate well even when I was stressed? What if I still made it to the gym even when I didn’t feel like going? My guess is I would feel less exhausted and I probably wouldn’t suffer from the headaches.
We cannot always control situations in life that cause us stress, but we can control how we attack those moments. I’m still in stress mode, but I’m going to be making a conscious effort to focus on my health goals. Clean eating and exercise can only benefit me!
How do you manage stress? Do you have any tips and tricks you can share?