With two kids, a wife, a business, and all of the organizations I am a part of, it is easy to unravel and stress out because my plate seems too full.
Owning Innovative Results – The Orange County Fitness Playground, is rewarding, but it also demands a level of hard work, focused intensity, and patient endurance, just like anything worthwhile.
That being said, running fitness training programs, coaching clients, leading team members, developing an online and community presence, and figuring out all of the tax, accounting, and business procedures to run a successful fitness gym takes time.
Busyness runs rampant in our culture, especially if you are working toward your own personal and professional success, financial security for your family, and setting up your kids well.
Here are 6 Quick Ways To Beat Stress In Your Busy Day:
- Help Someone
- One Thing At A Time
Let’s take a moment to go through each one, so we can reap the full benefits and rewards found, when we take a moment to de-stress from our busy lives.
1 – BREATH
Try it with me. Take a deep breath, just focusing on the air coming in your nose, and filing your belly. Hold it there for a few seconds, and then release it. Repeat ten times…
Wow! Don’t you already feel better?
For more information and techniques on breathing to reduce stress check out this video: “Stressed? Use This Breathing Technique to Improve Your Attention and Memory, with Emma Seppala”
2 – MOVE
Motion creates emotion.
Those that don’t believe me are welcome to try slouching, frowning, and looking down while trying to be happy, or smile, stand-up tall, put your arms up overhead, look up while feeling sadness.
It is extremely difficult to do.
Get up, stand up tall, move around, and think about all of the things you are grateful for.
Check out this video of Tony Robbins for an in-depth look on why and how motion creates emotions.
3 – SMILE
If you are feeling overwhelmed and stressed, try smiling through it.
It sounds cheesy, but it is amazing the power of our smiles. Try it.
And check out these incredible researched statistics on smiling from a TED talk by Ron Gutman, and our very own Aaron Guyett.
4 – POSTURE
If you are down, check your body…
Chances are, you are slouching, head is forward and slightly down, frowning, and your shoulders are forward and down…you might even want to be curled up into a ball on the ground.
Your posture is powerful to help us remove stress and anxiety, just like smiling and moving.
Check out this helpful TED-Ed video on posture for more benefits.
5 – HELP SOMEONE
Focusing on helping someone else improve their quality of life has an uncanny ability to improve our own quality of life.
It gives us purpose, and not having purpose is often the reason we are stressed, anxious, and overwhelmed.
Enjoy this uplifting video showing the power of helping people to change how we feel.
6 – ONE THING AT A TIME
When overwhelmed, I let it trigger my new habit of choosing just one thing to do.
Often I will ask my daughter to clean up her mess, and she immediately responds with, “that’s A LOT of WORK!”
I answer her by saying two things: “Guyett’s are not afraid of hard work, and what do you do if there is a lot of work, Hannah?”
She always answers with, “We do it one thing at a time.”
For more, read this Forbes article on doing one thing at a time, The Simple Trick To Productivity? Do One Thing At Once
7 – BE GRATEFUL
As study after study shows, it is impossible to be truly grateful and stressed out at the same time.
Being overwhelmed can quickly be replaced by gratefulness.
Watch this TED talk by David Steindl-Rast “Want to be Happy? Be Grateful.”
A quick recap of how Innovative Results beats stress in our overwhelming moments whether we are in the gym or outside of the gym are:
- Help Someone
- One Thing At A Time
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