This makes it easier...

Just a few months ago, whenever I got stressed, I used to do this thing that blows my mind now. (ok.. reality check.. I am still prone to doing this…)

I used to be in the “ignore it and push through it” club. By that I mean, I’d take the stress, but just keep going. I’d tell myself: “I’ll deal with this later.”

And I was super proud of myself – because you know what? I could take it.

But even though I was able to handle the actual work … I didn’t always manage the stress.

Well … guess what?

Eventually, one way or another, you end up having to deal with it. (I'm an open book and happy to share my story with you, if you'd like!)

You can end up getting sick, having headaches, getting injured, or feeling burned out… for me, I ended up in the ER on Christmas Day.

If you’re also in the “push through it” club … you may want to consider jumping over into the “self-care club” instead … because that’s where the real power is.

Now, this doesn’t mean you have a pass on your responsibilities … it just means you’re listening to your body and managing your stress levels along the way.

Here are 6 things you can do to help you not only stay on track… but do it in a more sustainable way:

  • Take a breath.
    When you’re stressed/busy, taking just a few minutes for controlled, mindful breathing can help your body’s stress control system do its job.
  • Move your body.
    This is one of the best stress-relievers out there! Exercise works on a hormonal level to help you feel calmer, less stressed, and more relaxed.
  • Get a new perspective.
    Studies show that spending time in nature (just a few minutes) can help cut stress.
  • Upgrade your nutrition & hydration.
    Stress can make you crave high-calorie foods that contain a LOT of sugar and fat. This can make you feel tired, blah, and sluggish. Upgrade your choices to include nutrient-dense whole foods that help you feel better. **Aptitude Fitness is kicking off a NEW nutrition coaching program on June 1st!
  • Make time for recovery (aka sleep).
    When you sleep, your body is helping you recover from yesterday so you can be rejuvenated to tackle tomorrow. Make sure to go to bed early enough so you can get 7-8 hours of sleep every night.
  • Build a support network.
    Having people around you (in-person or virtually) who hold you accountable is everything! **I am here for you! Set up a Success Session Call with me by replying to this email!
  • Feed your mind.
    Make sure you get a steady diet of positive input – whether it’s listening to inspiring podcasts and audiobooks, reading self-development books, or learning about fitness & wellness … it can keep you motivated and moving forward.

It’s the little things you do every day that will have the biggest impact on your energy, resilience, fitness, and health!

PS: If you need a hand kick-starting your healthy lifestyle, you do not want to miss our NEW nutrition coaching program kicking off June 1st! Limited spots are available- reply to this email for more details! Need help with accountability or not sure where to start?

Set up a Success Session Call with me! Email me nikki@aptitudedsm.com