Are You Stressed?

If You Answered No

You may not be human.  I ran across a study that polled American’s about stress and it’s causes last year.  Of those polled, 49% said they had a major stressful event in the last year and nearly half (43%) reported that THE MOST stressful events were related to health.

This Means Health Is Important

Or it should be right?  If it is one of the things we American say causes us the most stress, then you would think it would be important to us.  However, I sometimes feel like our health often takes a back seat to other stuff that we “deem” more important.  Then, when something major happens, we realize just how important our health really is, and how stressful not managing it properly can become!

Great Quote From The Study

“Stress touches everyone. Unfortunately, many of those feeling the most stress get trapped in cycles that can be very unhealthy. If we are going to build a culture of health in America, one big step we can take is recognizing the causes and effects not just of our own stress and the stress of those closest to us, but of others we encounter in our day-to-day lives. That recognition can go a long way in helping us create healthier environments in our homes, workplaces and communities,” says Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, RWJF president and CEO.

Not Caring For Your Own Health

Can lead to health problems.  Health problems are stressful, and stress makes those health problems worse according to respondents of the study.  This is a really tough cycle to get caught in.  And if health issues cause stress, it may likely leak into other areas of our lives.

Stress also reportedly impacted peoples live’s in other areas:

  • Made it harder to get along with family members (45%)
  • Prevented them from spending time with love ones (44%)
  • Made it hard to concentrate at work (51% of those employed)
  • 41% reported stress made it harder for them to take on extra responsibilities at work that would help advance their careers

This stress guy is nasty!

So How Do We Prevent The Problem

Well, one suggestion I have is take the health part out of the equation by managing it effectively.  There is no complex, complicated manner in which to do this.  In my experience it’s actually fairly simple, although it must not be easy.

This is my opinion, it has worked for me, and I believe that it is not a bad place to start for most:

  1. Eat real food.  Know your macronutrients, eat more vegetables than you think are necessary, make a weekly meal plan, get friendly with your grocers, and dust off the knives, pots, and pans and cook some meals.
  2. Exercise as much as you can.  It’s important.  Don’t let a major health event be the trigger that reminds you how important spending a few hours a week on exercise can be.  Run or row until your lungs burn, do air squats until your legs get a little numb, pick some heavy stuff up and move it around, and get your yoga on and work on that flexibility (note: all these should be done properly :)).  Revel in the ensuing sore muscles that remind you of what you accomplished.
  3. Sleep like a baby.  Make going to be and sleeping well a priority.  Black out the bedroom, kill the electronics for a minimum of 30 minutes before bedtime (read some good books instead!), make you place of slumber comfortable, inviting, and peaceful.

    The O-Board Says…

    4 Rounds For Time
    50m Bear Crawl
    50m Burpee Broad Jump
    50m Walking Lunge
    50m Sprint

    Posted by: Stets