Stress impacts so much more than you think. Time to get back on your game with some simple "mental workouts."
I'm, glad you clicked on this article, because even if you don't think your stress is hurting your mental clarity and you are functioning "just fine," you are dearly mistaken.
Most likely the people that think they are functioning "just fine," haven't ever realized what it is like to work with more mental clarity and have a better mind to make decisions.
And I was in that same boat until I actually started to release some of the stress in. my life and body was it a game changer...
That is what this article is all about, not trying to convince you that your stress in life is bad, but to suggest what mental clarity and happiness you might be missing out on while you hold all of that stress in your life.
Let's get this started :)
What Is Causing Stress In Your Life
More than just the obvious reasons...
Well, I could talk about how school, work and/ or your relationships are causing stress in your life, but that is already obvious.
Have you ever thought about things such as your mindset causing stress in your life? Or even habits such as using social media for hours a day? Didn't think so...
What about if I told you something as simple as checking your phone right away in the morning could lead to stress throughout the day because this sets the tone that you are going to respond to others and not be in control the rest of the day, rather just reacting to what hapepns to you.
Or even that things that happened years ago, such as a break up, could still cause stress in your life today if there is still emotions attached to that person and you are worried about what they are doing on a day too day basis rather than just living your life.
These are just a handful of examples of things that cause stress without you realizing them, everyone has their different stressors, you have too figure out what yours are.
(really dive deep, if you don't that stress will still be there)
How Stress Affects Your Mental Edge
It affects you a lot more than you think it does...
Again, not here to talk about the obvious so yes, stress can cause anxiety but that is not the main focus.
What is the main focus is what this stress can do to our mental edge and mental clarity because if these things are wack and out of line, then the rest of our life will be not optimal as well.
Our mindset is the foundation to the rest of our life, we have two keep that in line and stress is not the move if you are trying to do that.
Stress can cause major brain fog which is actually kind of hard to "diagnose" per say, and many people don't even realize they have it until they feel what it is like without that brain fog.
When we are experiencing brain fog, we don't have the best decision making ability and can be a little confused on our goals, overall we just aren't thinking at optimal levels and that impacts the action that we are taking.
Oh, and guess what else is impacted in our lives when we have too much stress? Our sleep and with a lack of sleep, or quality sleep I should say, our brains are not going to be functioning at optimal levels, leaving many opportunities in your life on the table.
What Your Life Would Look Like With Less Stress
Stress just doesn't have to be accepted, you have some control over it.
We really don't have to be wandering around life all confused and not really sure what is going on in our day to day lives. Just kind of following the patterns that we have set in place and not really giving too much thought about them.
But guess what? Those patterns obviously haven't worked in the past so why would they work now? That's insanity: doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.
Now Imagine if you were able to wake up, clear goals in mind and be able to take action mnore easily towards those goals?
How about waking up asnd not actually still feeling tired, bet that is a new one to you!
Even being able to think through problems more clearly without being easily distracted or lose focus.
Yes, stress can help all of that and then even more as well.
And no, I'm not done. Here is an actual plan on how to get started... in my favorite format: a "workout for your mind."
A great place to start, give it a try for a few days or even better a few weeks.
Exercise #1: Put that phone away for the first hour of your day.
Reps: 1x per day
Duration: 1 hour
Why?: Time too start living your own life and not just reacting to everything that happens to you, you will just be more stressed the second you turn on your phone between work and comparing your life to others on social media.
Exercise #2: No electronics for 1 hour before bed
Reps: 1x per day
Duration: 1 hour
Why?: Time to sit with your thoughts, get better sleep to reduce stress and maybe even time to try this next exercise...
Exercise #3: Meditation (ideally outside)
Reps: 1-2x per day
Duration: 20 minutes
Why?: One major stressor is living in the past, time to bring yourself to the present moment and embrace new opportunities.
Exercise #4: Evening walk without technology
Reps; 1x per day
Duration: 30+ minutes
Why?: Sometimes you need to "stop and smell the flowers," literally. This is one of my favorite ways to live more in the present and appreciate what's around me rather than be constantly stressed about the future.
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