Do you drag yourself out of bed in the morning, and fight an eight-hour war with your own fatigue…before you finally call it a day?
When you get home every night, do you barely have enough energy to talk to your friends and family?
When people are talking to you, do you find it harder and harder to pay attention because your head is full of brain fog?
Do you look in the mirror and see your waistline slowly expanding…and the number on the scale keeps climbing up and up no matter what you do?
If you feel like any of those things sound familiar, I have some good news for you! None of those things are the real problem. Those are just the symptoms…
The underlying cause of feeling fatigued, drained, lacking energy, is really ongoing STRESS.
Stress is the worst toxin in the entire body – worse than sugar! If you really knew what was happening to your body when you are stressed, you would freak out and you would do whatever it takes to keep stress at bay.
Studies show that chronic stress harms your immunity making you more vulnerable to viruses and illnesses.
Stress also makes you fat, especially increasing that belly fat, because the stress hormone cortisol not only increases your appetite, but it also slows your metabolism and promotes fat storage. So even if you eat salad all day long, you will still gain weight.
When you are stressed, you will experience increased heart rate and high blood pressure, making your blood more likely to clot, your muscles get tense and in general there is chaos in your body.
I have discovered that when you make 5 habit shifts, you will be able to tame the stress and have energy to live life to the fullest:
Managing stress starts with your mind – If you don’t get this right, all the other stuff doesn’t matter. Our perspective is our reality so it is up to us how we choose to see the stressors. They could be real or perceived. Regardless, they create the same response in the body. So if this is the case, your mind, your perception, does play the most critical role in managing stress. Be conscious of the choices you make because that’s how your life turns out.
Remove stressors from your diet – You are what you eat. The right diet can be incredibly effective in reducing stressors in your life. When you remove stressors from your diet like caffeine, alcohol, refined sugars and grains, trans fats (basically all processed foods) and eat whole, real, unprocessed foods (protein, healthy fats, fruit & veggies and non-gluten grains), you restore hormonal balance in your body, keep your blood sugar stable and maintain a high-powered mindset all day long even when your day gets crazy.
Burn off stressors by moving your body – Exercise makes you happy & energized, increases metabolism, balances hormones, boosts your immune system, slows down aging process, makes your brain function at its best and makes you sleep better.Studies show that just 30 minutes of physical activity every other day is all that’s required to reap big benefits.
Get 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night – Lack of sleep increases stress hormones. Our hyperactive minds are strongly linked with sleeplessness. Calm your mind by doing something relaxing before going to bed and you will enjoy a good night sleep. Most of us need 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night for optimal rest, fat loss and muscle growth.
Actively relax 10-min a day – We often rush through our days, making us anxious and stressed. We need to learn how to “switch off”. In order to calm our emotions, we need to calm our mind. The only way to do this is to do something relaxing whether it is a walk in the park, deep breathing, meditation, bubble bath or whatever you find relaxing. Only 10 minutes of calmness a day keeps us focused and primes our energy so we can accomplish more!
We need it all – good mind, good nutrition, good physical activity, good sleep and good emotions in order to have good energy balance that leads to good health and good life. Your energy level affects everything in your life…
It’s the aliveness you feel when you play with your kids, your wife, or your husband… It’s the passion you bring into your work and into our love life… It’s the fire in the belly that allows you to achieve extraordinary things and, better yet, … enjoy them.
About the Author
Helen Marie Loorents, MBA is the founder and CEO of Fastrack Wellness Inc., a certified health & life coach, corporate wellness expert, published author and speaker, and former global consumer healthcare marketing executive
After 17 years as a busy professional, she found herself completely burned out. Upon leaving her job, she spent years of studying, and transforming her life. Now she shares her approach to good health and good life with the corporate world. It doesn’t have to be all or nothing. There is a way to have a work-life balance.