Thursday 3/28/13

Stress

We all have it, it’s just a natural fact of life.  Some stress is actually very good for you, like working out.  Chronic stress isn’t so great for you, in any form.  My faithful car broke down on me on Tuesday, and I can’t even begin to tell you how that set me off.  It’s like quicksand.  When something major like that happens, suddenly all the other little things start coming into focus.  My garden is being eaten alive by earwigs.  My nutrition hasn’t been on point and it’s messing with me mentally.  Haven’t squatted heavy in a few days.  Part time job has been crazy.  Sleeping hasn’t been great.  Cat is making a hacking noise.  And the list goes on…  Not that I’m trying to be “woe is me” on this post, please don’t take it as that at all, I’m just trying to make a point about stress.

It’s not that your life totally rocks, except for a few tricky spots, slippery patches, and challenges.

But that your life totally rocks, in large part, because of the tricky spots, slippery patches, and challenges.

So, what do we do about it?  How can we cut the stress down and be happy?  I’ll tell you how.  One thing at a time. I most certainly believe that it’s that easy.  Argue with me if you’d like about it, but I honestly believe tackling one thing at a time will certainly reduce your stress.  Make a list of things that you have control over, that’s the important part of this post, that you have control over.   Let’s be honest, not all of the things that stress you out you can actually DO anything about; world peace, the economy, governmental corruption, etc.  So, make a list.  It doesn’t even need to be in any particular order.  Pick one thing on there and hit it head on, destroy it.  Even if it’s the easiest thing on there (in fact, I recommend starting with the easiest thing) like, doing the dishes in the sink.  Do it.  Now.  Once it’s done, cross it off with a sharpie.  Why do I recommend doing the easiest thing first?  Two fold.  You get one thing done, and you get the sense of accomplishment on getting that one thing done.  Then start on the second thing on your list.  Sooner or later, it’s quicksand in the other direction.  Getting things done and crossing them off.  It’s a good feeling.  So, get moving.  Get things that you have control over done.  It’ll lower your stress, you’ll sleep better and you’ll recover better.  Post your stressor that you’re going to get done first to comments.

 

Daily Dose

Amrap 20 minutes:

5 Rope Climbs
7 Push Press
150m Sprints

Post rounds and reps to comments.

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