Stress affects everyone. Some more than others. Millions of people suffer with illness that cannot be explained, and are tied back to stress. For years I suffered with anxiety, insomnia, and constipation due to a high level of stress in my life. I sought my local family physician for years in search of some type of relief. Nothing worked, and for a little of 10 years I became used to living a stressed life as if it were a normal way of life.
Day by day, my life has improved tremendously. I looked into natural or alternative methods to resolve my problems. Not only do these simple things work, but they are so simple and easy to implement into anyone’s life. I must state that I am no doctor, and am in no way telling anyone not to seek medical attention when they feel it is needed.
Drink Plenty Water
I know you will say…..yeah yeah, how many times have I heard this. I said the same thing as well. However, I can promise you once I really focused on how much water I was drinking I was shocked that it wasn’t as much as I thought. Some days I was only getting 2 cups of water. When I increased my water intake to 12 cups a day minimum, I saw an increase in focus, and less fatigue within a few days.
Exercise the Stress Away
Exercise not only played a key role in my stress reduction, but it helped me with my overall self esteem. When I started exercising, my energy levels soared. At first I was exercising at night, doing a 40 minute Zumba dvd routine. Now I get up and exercise at 7:30 a.m. and do a mix of 20 minutes of cardio and 30 -40 minutes of weight training. I went from waking up tired, and getting fatigued before 12 p.m., to waking up feeling rested and having the energy to conquer my task through the day. The added self esteem boost is a bonus. I find myself checking myself out in the mirror and smiling.
It goes without saying that a sleep deprived person is a cranky person. When I was missing out on sleep, I would awake tired and less focused. It also didn’t take very long for me to get irritated with anything including my work and family. Since making exercise a priority in my life, I drink much more water, and yes…sleep better. I may get to bed around 11 p.m. and get up now between 6-7 am. Overall I have much more energy, and when working I am much more focused on the task that I am doing. I am more than sure that everyone in my family appreciates the improvement in my health as well as the huge improvement in my attitude.