My Month Away:
It’s been almost a month since my last post already. There are many factors that came in to slow my work down during this time. Unnecessary stress overload at the docks, coming down with a bad cold, stress over certain job opportunities and so on. Notice the pattern there though? It all comes down to stress. The root of most everyone’s issues can come down to stress.
I have never been one to truly stress over anything. I have helped many with their own stress, lightening loads where I can, helping them find outlets and so on, but I myself have never experienced it. That being said, it puts a whole different perspective on what I would often tell others who were boggled down with that little bugger. I never truly understood why it was so difficult for them to press on through certain goals and plans. It’s very much a mental game, and after experiencing it for the first time like I recently had, I can see why others may struggle more.
The first step is recognizing, of course, that it is indeed stress. Common symptoms can be mood change (I was a lot more angry and easily agitated), lack of energy (I didn’t want to do a lot really, hadn’t been to the gym much and just sort of lounged around everywhere), headaches, appetite change (I didn’t eat near as much), etc.
Symptoms can vary for everyone, but can generally be targeted to those listed. All of that adds up, weakening your immune system as well and making you more likely to get sick, such as the cold I have.
Correcting Your Course:
This is the area I would generally help people and try to guide them and tell them what could help alleviate stress. This is also the most difficult part, the part I never fully understood since I had never experienced its’ true difficulties. It took me some time to muster up the motivation to do anything, but over time it has improved.
- Work Out. This is always number one to me as it helps with so many things, to include stress alleviation.
- Check your diet. Truthfully, this should probably be number one. This happened to be one of the last things I actually looked at during this time. My issue was caffeine. For whatever reason over the past month and a half or so I became a caffeine fiend. I was drinking 4+ cups of coffee a day, with at least 2 of those being Death Wish Coffee, plus a fat burner which was pretty high in caffeine as well, plus a lot of tea. All the caffeine added up and my body finally crashed. I now hardly even touch coffee currently just to make sure everything comes back down to normal levels.
- Get Out! At one point, my mindset was “I just need a good day of rest being lazy at home..” That turned in to two days…two in to three and so on. Being locked up in your house for so long messes with you. This is why I encourage my wife to get out and even look for a part time job. We all need something to make us feel like we are doing something useful. If you can’t create that, sometimes it’s easier to pick up a part time job or go volunteer somewhere. The important thing is to get out and around nature and society.
- Meditate. When I was in high school, I was huge on meditation. I used to wake up extra early before school just to spend 30 minutes to an hour meditating. I believe that helped me a ton back then, as I never was easily agitated and never really worried about a thing. It’s hard to get in to for some people, and for me currently, it’s difficult to start up again. I have found that meditating in the steam room after my workout at the gym works pretty well. So, meditate, even if for only 5 minutes a day. It’s better than nothing!
- Pick up a hobby. Hobbies are awesome. They let you explore your creative side and have fun. Instead of splurging on a video game or movie and junk food, put that fun money towards a hobby. I wanted to get in to blacksmithing, so I built a forge. I now know that, due to the difficulties of coal, I want to build a gas forge, so I will eventually save for that. Hobbies can be virtually anything, from working on cars to gardening. Hell I want to have a nice garden one day, so I will pick it up eventually!
- Laugh. There is so much negativity, so many bad things going on in the world and the media and internet helps it spread like a wildfire, so much so that we forget to laugh once in a while. I have been on a laughing binge this past week or so. Everyone else in the house is watching their ghost stories and scary movies, and that’s fine. I typically would as well as October is my favorite month and Halloween my favorite holiday, but I need the entertainment. I will listen to a good comedian, watch a funny movie, read funny stories, or go out and mess around with friends. Whatever it is you gotta do, laugh. It is one of the best medicines out there!
The list can go on. I can be more specific and more detailed and take people on a more personal level to help them with more specific guide lines. All too often though, that just makes things difficult. It gives you too many options, overloads your brain and you just want to sit and do nothing. Limit your choices and act on it for results.
Everyone hits hard points. What are your struggles right now? What’s been bothering you? What can you do to improve the situation? Where there’s a will, there is a way. Let’s get back on it!