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Let me tell you a secret…when you have an issue going on in your life, it doesn’t just impact one part of you, but actually ALL of you.
I was reminded of this concept about 3 months into the pandemic when I realized how little I was moving and how overwhelmed and stressed I felt. Coach Kate asked me to think of a time in the past when I felt my healthiest/least stressed. One of the things I realized I wasn’t incorporating into my routine anymore was intentionally moving my body.
I joined a gym and met my trainer, J.C. When J.C. asked what my goals were, I told him that I “want to be able to kick someone else’s butt if I have to” and we started meeting every morning at 6 a.m. 3 days a week.
And to be completely honest, I am not someone who likes working out. I don’t look forward to the gym, but when I see my strength and how good I feel afterwards, it’s the only thing that keeps me going back. I don’t wear cute workout gear and I literally roll out of bed, trying to do better so I can lead better!
Exercise doesn’t just help my physical body (or prepare me to kick butt when needed!), but my emotional and mental health as well. It helps me to clear my head, feel more focused and happier overall. I feel accomplished and it gives me motivation that lasts throughout the day. Whether I’m going through difficult situations or life is good, I know that physically asserting my energy is needed to take care of ALL of me.
Not only do I suffer, but my closest friends and family do as well. When I wasn’t working out regularly, I found myself tired when my kids wanted to play and more irritable all around. My business and my team also were affected, which is the last place I want negative stress to fall.
Here’s what this can look like:
It is important that as beauty professionals, we can manage our stress better so our profits can increase and to have a healthy overall life balance. We are most at risk to stress when we:
Here are some ways to reduce and manage stress as it appears:
Looking at a list can sometimes stress you out more, so encourage you to pick 1 or 2 things off of the list to try. Changing the small things that turn into habits make a BIG difference.If you are having trouble knowing where to start, contact Coach Kate and she'll jump start your routine to reduce stress! Follow Inner Beauty Growth for more tips on how to manage stress.