Woke up not feeling the best, but then I saw this picture @thefitnesslioness sent of @luna.theshepsky and me and I smiled a lil 😊.
My schedule’s picked up a bit more than I’m used to with balancing my internship, getting back in the gym, working, school, and everything involved with normal daily “life” stuff. When you add more to your allostatic load (ie stress load), you have to either try and remove other contributors of stress and/or be more diligent about management. Too much stress over a long period of time will screw with your physiology (ability to lose fat/build muscle, overall energy, etc) and can lead to things like HPA axis dysfunction if it’s chronic (hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis). That lightening of the load looks different for everyone.
Some things that help me:
✨knowing when I’m at my limit. I don’t like having to stop myself, but I have to. Nothing will progress if I run on fumes.
✨Do the musts and leave the rest. For me, that’s training/my own health, coaching, podcasting, maintaining relationships, school, and my internship. Everything else needs to sit in the waiting room (and tbh, if it’s not a top priority, it doesn’t need my attention that much right now anyway).
✨regular massages, especially lymphatic work with Adrienne at @musculartherapy . I had generally poor lymphatic clearance, especially after having implants for a few years and ESPECIALLY when I travel/spend more time on my feet. Managing inflammation is a HUGE priority to me right now.
✨Hugs. I need hugs. If I don’t get them enough, I literally cry. Sounds needy, but that’s one of my biggest love languages, and I genuinely feel a recharge when I have good, meaningful hugs from loved ones.
✨Just laying down. I need to lay down and breathe. Falling asleep early and getting good quality rest fall into this category too 😴.
✨Snuggles with this big bear 🖤. Her fluffy lil self has the magical ability to always make me feel calm. We really don’t deserve dogs.
How do you manage your stress load? Do you know when it gets to high, or are you blind to it and just keep trucking on through it (not a good idea 😅).
Know yourself. Know what you need. And be your own provider 🖤.