4 Tips for Stress Management (Spoiler Alert: Hit Your Health Club!)

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Everyone deals with stress. In fact, it’s probably one more thing we can all count on along with paying taxes.

But while we can’t always get rid of stress or avoid it, we can do something about it. How you deal with stress can change it from debilitating to no big deal. Here are 4 tips for stress management that anyone can use. Number 3 shouldn’t be a surprise to health club enthusiasts!

1. Identify the Stress Source

Figuring out where your primary stress is coming from is truly the first step to managing it. Is it paying the bills, or over committing yourself so that you don’t have enough time in the day to accomplish everything? Think about the times that you feel the most stress, your habits like the aspects of your life that you put off or avoid, and your attitude about things. Even small things can send your heart racing. No matter what it is, once you know how how it affects you you can actually do something about it.

2. Stress Swap

After identifying the stressors in your life, you’ll then want to look at the ways you deal with that stress. You probably have a few unhealthy ways of coping, so the goal is to swap those out for healthier ones. Obviously smoking, drugs, excessive drinking and junk food are ways some people deal with stressful situations. But some not so obvious habits also include procrastination, over scheduling (so that you don’t have time to deal with the stressor) and even over sleeping. Look for other ways that help you handle the stress while also making you feel good, like number three below, painting, journaling, cooking, meditation or other outlets.

3. Move it to Your Alexandria Health ClubHit your Alexandria VA health club for stress relief

Moving makes you feel good, literally. Exercise encourages your brain to release endorphins that make you happier. Outside of this natural chemical reaction, hitting the health club can be a great distraction to your stressors. Rhythmic exercise, like walking, running, swimming and cycling are especially good for stress relief. While it’s ideal to aim for 30 minutes of exercise a few times a week, sometimes all it takes to relieve stress is a few minutes. Park farther away so you have to walk to get to the store, or take a walk during lunch. Play games with your kids or set up a workout date with your spouse or a friend. There are all sorts of ways to incorporate more moving into your daily schedule, all of which help reduce stress.

4. Say No

An over-extended schedule can be a surefire way to feel stressed about getting everything checked off your to do list. Don’t commit to more than you can comfortably accomplish. And don’t forget to schedule time for your family, your friends and yourself. Literally put appointments on your calendar or block out time to avoid saying yes too much. That will also help you make sure you have time for the things that are important to you, and the things you know help you relax.

Group fitness or group therapy?

Group fitness or group therapy?

Stress can wreak havoc on your life if left unchecked, from your emotional and mental health to your physical health. Effective stress management helps you realize that you are in control of your life and that you can make changes to make things better. Stress management is different for each person, so what works for your spouse or your sister may not necessarily work for you. Starting with these tips will help you figure out what will work for you to get – and keep – your life in balance.

Why not treat your time with a personal trainer like a counseling session or your group fitness classes as a therapy group – exercise is important for your entire well being! And if you still need a health club to call your own, you can try MTVAC for FREE for 7 days!

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