Cumulative Stress Is A Silent Killer
Getting your day started off on the right foot isn’t as easy as 1,2, 3. But it’s a practice that can be as easy in 1-2-3 action steps.
Today more than ever there are so many distractions at the tip of your fingers using smartphones or tablets. Work emails, family disputes, staying up late at night binge watching Netflix, battling traffic in your daily commute or eating late at night. All of these can be ways that add stress to your mind and body and begin the cumulative stress cycle.
Cumulative stress is a silent killer! It’s not the stress that makes you want to shout, jump from fear, or beep your horn at a driver who isn’t paying attention. No, It’s the stress that adds up over time that we don’t see, feel, hear, touch or smell because we’ve become so immune to it. However, if you leave your current lifestyle to say a lifestyle somewhere on a remote island free from all the distraction of life and go back to your original routine, you’ll notice one or many of these stressors because your mind and body have adapted to the new, calmer way of life.
The Adaptive Mind
Like training a muscle that needs to flex and be strong we can train and adapt our minds to be more positive and stress-free.
- Upon waking have a daily mantra that you repeat out loud or in your head while getting ready. My mantra is, “ Today I am the possibility of Love, Passion, and Abundance!” I say this over about 3-5 times and with each passing day I get more and more comfortable saying it and my daily actions reflect the positivity in this mantra.
- Tell someone you love them or that you are grateful for them. Tell someone in your household or business, it can be a significant partner, child, pet, friend, roommate, family member, coworker, boss. Or even the person at Starbucks who serves your coffee. It doesn’t have to be in person, you could call or text someone. This starts the selfless attitude of giving without expectation. When we give without expectation we become happier.
- Last but not least, sit in silence for 5-10 minutes a day in a meditative state that allows you to “JUST BE”. Clearing your thoughts, your concerns, anxieties, and expectations allow you to leave the house with a clear mind, an open heart and a peaceful disposition.
Don’t worry or feel inadequate if you can not do this consistently and/or if you have trouble the first several times. Like anything, we try the first time we typically are not perfect at it. What would happen to us all if we stopped trying to walk the first time we tried…we’d all be snails. 🙂
Yours in health and fitness,
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