Hope you are having a wonderful day today and enjoying our cooler weather.
With the uncertainty and unknown of our world today, it is easy to get caught up in doubt and worry.
What’s next, kind of feeling.
A lot is still uncertain and is going to be for a while, which makes it hard on everyone. One thing that we will always be advocates of is taking personal responsibility.
Take personal responsibility of how you feel day after day and your health.
I do affirmations every morning to help set the tone for my day.
I speak in the “I am…”
The idea is the repetitive nature helps rewrite your thinking. If you continue to think negatively or doom and gloom, that’s what you will feel day in and day out.
Now I am not here to say we shouldn’t be aware of what is going on, but what I am getting at is taking care of you to the best of your ability.
Next, I exercise…I try to always get it in first thing and/or the evening is my plan B. I always recommend having a schedule and then have options, if something comes up.
Exercising allows you to feel good endorphins, gain self confidence which can give you a much-needed break from the daily worries.
We also start every workout with Reflexive Performance Reset (RPR). RPR has hands down changed our life. We focus on the neuromuscular system; notice NEURO is first…but our industry has always said “warm up the muscles”. Well new research is presenting “waking up” the nervous system first.
We start with 10 belly breaths, then rub up and down the sternum, under the rib cage, then locate two inches over on each side of your belly button and then two inches down to compress your psoas, lastly rub the back of the skull.
You want to massage and find the tender spots and rub or compress there. Massage for a good 20-30 secs more if you need it.
We go into several other activations and I’ll share more on that in a later, blog.
With anxiety only increasing I thought it might be helpful to show some ways to cope.
1.) Start with positive affirmations. Try this for a week and I’ll challenge you to see if good things happened. Speak in the “I am…”.
2.) Exercise – even if its only getting out and walking for 15-30 minutes, get moving. Our bodies are meant to move. If you can join a structured resistance training program, we highly recommend a couple days per week of strength training.
3.) RPR- Start with 10 Belly Breaths, true diaphragmatic breathing. (Shoulders should not rise) Then rub up and down your sternum, under rib cage, find any tender spots, then locate your psoas which will approximately be two inches over on both sides of your belly button and then down two inches and lastly rub on the back of the skull.
4.) I’ll add a fourth step to reduce anxiety and that is sleep. Getting a good 7-8+ hours of quality sleep. Easier said than done, but when you combine exercise you tend to sleep better. Take time to unwind, no TV, no phone – breathe… take a shower, journal your thoughts, try CBD oil or combo of Melatonin/Valerian Root.
We are always searching for ways to perform better and recover and it becomes impossible when we are in constant stress, worry and anxiety.
Since being back in the gym I have noticed my mood is way better, I’ve lost some good body fat, eating habits are better and the social aspect. I love that we can still help people, and there is something to be said for lowering anxiety in such an uncertain time.
Let me know if you want to talk more, we are here for you!