Ok now let’s do the non stressful, calming aspects of your life that you actively do regularly.... exclude alcohol and highly sugary foods... tally those up. These can be things like walks on the beach, forest, yoga, meditation, stretching, sex anything that you feel at ease doesn’t make you fatigued and feels as ease to do and feel good for a prolonged time afterwards.
So now you've got the values of each, what’s the number of stressful to non stressful activities?
Now you're starting to get a picture of what you need to do to achieve “balance” in your life. Sure everyone’s definition of balance in their life is different to the next. You may be feeling “good” on the outside.. but deep down hormonally that’s where you could be suffering. Your effort to make work a part of your life could well be masking an underlying issue hormonally or mentally
In the big scheme of things if your stressful pursuits outway your non stressful you may or most likely have a hormonal imbalance which can lead to things like illness, inability to lose weight/fat, be able to sleep soundly, mood swings, depression, low sex drive (we never want that), poor eating choices and a list of other issues.
Now I’m not saying quit your job, leave your partner, or stop exercising.
What I’m challenging you to do is have a look at the stressor list. Pick 3 small things you can cut back on. This may be one heavily vigorous training session when you’re body is telling you that it needs a rest, putting down that 3pm chocolate bar or cupcake, stepping away from a conflict and taking a breath. These are just the starting points.
The next thing is implementing 3 Small things to replace those you’ve removed. Some things you could start with;
- One day of plant based eating.
- Turning your phone onto flight mode 60mins before bed and going to be without technology.
- Walking barefoot on the grass, beach sand or forest.
- Hug someone
- Have sex, many times.
Ultimately it doesn’t matter what you choose as long as you are feeling relaxed and not in a state of stress or fatigue afterwards.
As we learn more and more about the hormonal system and how it dictates pretty much everything we do. We have to listen to the signs it is giving us before we crash and burn. Believe me, i've been there done that and it’s not a fun time when all you want to do is exercise non stop. But all your left with is the yang, walking, sleeping, meditation, yoga.... But boy does it help to open your eyes.
I’ve been implementing yoga, meditation and low impact activities into my face to face and online clients programming for a fair while now. They are reaping the benefits from this in all aspects of their lives, weightloss, muscle gain, strength and cardiovascular improvements, improved sleep and day to day functioning and clarity.
This isn't just for one particular group of people. This is for the mums, the dads, the high level athlete to the weekend warrior, the yoga instructor to the high level corporate business exec.
STOP... UNWIND... GROUND... BREATHE... REPEAT