Stress. Unavoidable and sometimes unbearable. For an athlete, stress in small doses can help keep you motivated, alert, and
gain a competitive edge. This kind of stress can trigger that fight response and give an athlete a laser focus helping them
perform at an optimal level. However, too much stress can cause anxiety leading to poor performance and a drop in confidence,
but can also come with some pretty serious health issues. Athletes chasing “the dream” can have a lot of stressors to deal
with. Making money, training long hours, sponsors, recovery, feeding a family, paying bills, and so much more. While all
of this is going on in their lives it is important to learn how to cope or manage the stress so that performance does not
Five Ways to Manage Stress
Being in any space where there are more things than we can manage sends a visual message that life is out of control. For
most people, disorder leads to procrastination which in turn becomes more disorder and more stress, a vicious cycle. Surround
yourself with things you use, enjoy looking at, or help you become more efficient.
General tips for getting rid of clutter:
You’ll thank me when you have wake up to a clean, simple, and clutter free life!
If you ever needed another reason to have sex, here it is! Experiences that provide pleasure have been shown to reduce
the stress response. That post coital bliss is there for a reason. Sex boosts immunity, relieves pain, and will help you
get a good night’s sleep. So, rather than choosing a side of fries, choose having sex with someone you love. Sex will
build your relationship and keep that figure you work so hard for! Now let’s get in the mood and reduce some stress.
Life is busy. Our minds are going all day long from task to task and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down. Music has a unique
ability to link to our emotions and provide a distraction from life’s daily stressors. A good song choice can slow down
your pulse and heart rate, even reduce blood pressure. Everyone has their own preference for what music they like to listen
to but classical music has been researched as the most calming – give it a try!
Easy ways to incorporate music in your life
When it comes to alleviating stress there is something about being in our natural element that is hard to beat. When was
the last time you genuinely took some time to enjoy the great outdoors? Let’s do it! Head outside and search for as much
green as you can. Being surrounded by life in the form of nature has been shown to increase immunity, and reduce stress
hormones. Go outside, smell the fresh air, listen to the world around you (birds, wind, leaves, etc.) and just enjoy being
alive! This will help you put life’s stress into perspective and if even for 20 minutes distract you.
Everyone knows negative thoughts or experiences can have negative impacts on the body. A good laugh can put any issue in
a different light and completely turn those negative affects around. Laughing regularly can help to not take life too
seriously and ease mental stress. Laughter helps you breathe in more oxygen and can in turn make the body function more
efficiently! Don’t forget laughter also builds relationships, reduces tension, and can make you an overall happier and
healthier person that people love to be around.
Take some time today and clean up, have sex, head outside, listen to music, and laugh!! You will be happier because of it!
(This post originally appeared on Barbell Shrugged)
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