History Repeating Itself? 3 Questions to Ask When You’re Stuck In A Rut

Sometimes, the same situation just keeps coming back to bite us on the butt. Different people, slightly different circumstances, but ultimately it’s the same roadblock you keep running into. It could be in the form of crappy relationships, giving up on a new exercise routine or just eating bad food when you swore not to.

When you hit a block like this, it’s easy to ask the same questions over and over. Why do I keep doing this? What’s wrong with me? When will I learn? The problem is, those questions don’t have answers – and even if they did, they wouldn’t help you to move forwards anyway.

If you find yourself getting deja vu, ask yourself these three questions (inspired by Tony Robbins).

What gives me pleasure in this situation?

This may sound odd because you don’t necessarily want to be in this position, but there’s clearly something making you feel good or you wouldn’t tolerate staying in it. Pleasure may not mean you’re jumping for joy, but could come from feeling safe from the unknown, avoiding failure, a sugar hit – the list goes on. What is making you want to stick around in your current scenario?

What gives me pain in this situation?

Thinking about what hurts it the worst part of this process, but you need to identify and accept what’s bothering you in order to move on. Don’t dwell too much on why it’s painful, just be aware of what’s getting you down. What’s the worst possible outcome of continuing to allow this pain? Once you know, you’re going to be a lot more proactive about changing things.

What can I learn from this situation?

Every cloud has a silver lining and every tough situation has a lesson hidden within. It could be something as simple as realising that eating high sugar foods makes you crabby. Or it could be a revelation that you’re not willing to tolerate disrespect from others any more. Whatever the lesson, carry it with you and continue to grow.

Use adversity to stimulate growth. Check out Rabbi Twerski’s wise words in a lobster analogy that hits the nail on the head. 

This Is What Stress Does To Your Physical Fitness

Working late and balancing it out with hardcore fitness sessions? You could actually be damaging your health!

There’s a lot of pressure in the modern day to have it all – successful job, loads of friends, great house, awesome fitness regime. But is the cost of maintaining an Instagram worthy lifestyle worth it? Here are some of the side effects of pushing yourself too hard.

You’re tired all the time (even with enough sleep)

Feelings of stress release cortisol into the bloodstream which effectively readies our bodies for combat – tensed muscles, alert senses and constant expectation of danger leaves you feeling drained and tired, even if you get a solid eight hours. Another consequence of this is general aches and pains alongside headaches.

Your stomach just isn’t quite right

It could be diahorrea, constipation or nausuea – or a combination of all three! Stress triggers the “fight or flight” response of the nervous system, drawing blood away from the digestive system towards the brain and muscles – ready to fight or run away. Although this response is helpful in emergencies, if it becomes a regular occurence, it can totally mess up our digestive health.

You can’t sleep 

The hyperarousal that stress brings can result in difficulty falling asleep – or even trouble waking up after a disturbed night’s sleep. Not everyone under stress finds it hard to sleep, but those who do will be dealing with all of the side effects of sleep deprivation too.

You get colds often

You might have guessed it – all the above symptoms can leave you with a compromised immune system. If you find yourself reaching for the tissues more than four times a year, it’s worth looking at how you can look after yourself a little more.

There are many other physical symptoms of stress – all of them are a call to action (or inaction)! Take some time out – keep up your fitness with grounding classes like Yin and Restorative Recharge and prioritise getting to bed on time (even if you miss that quirky pop-up event you’ve been meaningn to visit). Keep your eyes peeled for tips on how to deal with stress on our blog and social media channels!

Wave Goodbye To Stress With These Simple Tips

No-one wants to be stressed out, but sometimes it seems like you just can’t climb out of the abyss. The most important thing is to recognise when you are stressed, so you can take a step back and re-evaluate what’s going on. Eating rubbish? Not sleeping well? Making weird, impulsive decisions? Give these quick fixes a whirl and you’ll be feeling chillaxed to the max (can we still say that in 2017?) in no time.

Go outside

Do it. Take a step into the great outdoors and start walking. It’s incredibly therapeutic to walk for no reason and you’ll find you get that much needed headspace that you’ve been craving. Not to mention that you’ll be reaping the benefits of the lovely vitamin D you’re exposed to, which has been proven to alleviate depression! Bonus points for leaving your phone at home.

Get moving

Whether it’s yoga, strength training or dance, exercise blows out the cobwebs and leaves you in much calmer space. Even gentle movement can disrupt any repetitive stressful thoughts and give you some new persepective. You might not be feeling a hardcore Jiva class right now, but your brain will thank you for 60-90 minutes of down time while your body does the work in the studio.

Read about your interests

Often, when you’re feeling anxious or stressed, it’s because your mind is so active – why not use up this mental energy on something constructive instead? If you always dreamt of becoming a nurse, go and read up about how to do so. If you’ve been fancying yoga teacher training for a while, find some course materials and dive in. Not only will you find you just don’t have the time to stress, you might find an exciting new path too! And yes, scrolling through Pinterest for dream houses definitely counts.

Ask yourself “What’s happening now?”

We all have a tendency to let our minds go racing into the future or delving into our deep, dark past. If you catch yourself doing this, first of all – well done! It’s not always easy to notice. Next, ask yourself the question – “What is happening now?”. Your attention will come zooming back to the present moment, where stressful situations are far less important and pivotal. After all, what’s the point in worrying about something that hasn’t happened yet, or that’s already done and dusted? Spend your awesome energy elsewhere, like on the Creme Egg you’re about to smash. At the very least, enjoy every decision that you’re making right now.

Smile at yourself

When’s the last time you smiled at yourself in the mirror? I mean, without picking apart the flaws that you see. Get those pearly whites out and grin at yourself for a minute – your fabulous brain will release hormones to make you feel good!

Life’s too short to be stressed! Sign up for our introductory offer of £10 for 10 days of unlimited yoga and stretch the stress away with MoreYoga. 

 

Stress and exercise-orientated for office workers

By Ulli Ackermann

It has become quite a common habit for a lot of people in stressful jobs and after a stressful day, to compensate by going to the pub for a beer or two or to indulge in comfort eating. And while this may give short term relief by stimulation of the parasympathetic part of the nervous system which is responsible for slowing down and calming the body, it doesn’t target long term stress effects concerning excess adrenaline and cortisol.

Those two hormones, being also called “stress-hormones” are responsible for regulating blood flow, digestion, heart rate and more.

If they are in imbalance, serious health issues may occur sooner or later, be it cognitive symptoms like memory loss, poor judgement or anxiety, emotional symptoms like moodiness, a short temper or even depression as well as physical symptoms like unexplainable aches and pains, frequent colds or even loss of libido.

While research has found connections between stress and lower risks of terminal illness, be it cancer, heart disease or even dementia, studies have also shown that the released endorphins (the “happy-hormones”) help in reducing stress, managing sleep problems and that a strengthened body withstands the daily workload in a much more efficient way.

According to researchers at the Yale Stress Centre, physical activity can actually reverse damage caused by a stressful lifestyle. Stress atrophies the brain; it affects the hippocampus, which is the part of the brain responsible for memory storage. And while certain types of exercise emulate small dosages of stress to the human organism, the bodies physiological systems that are involved in a stress response have to communicate much closer than usual, all of which may be the real benefit of training regarding stress relief.

So, in a nutshell, if you are stressed, you should exercise, because:

  • It pumps up your endorphins.  Physical activity helps to bump up the production of your brain’s feel-good neurotransmitters. Although it is often referred to as a runner’s high, a set of sprints or a heavy weights session can contribute to this same feeling.
  • It’s meditation in motion.  After an hour in the studio, some fast paced circuits or an effective interval session, you’ll often find that you’ve forgotten the day’s irritations and concentrated only on your body’s movements. As you begin to regularly shed your daily tensions through movement and physical activity, you may find that this focus on a single task, and the resulting energy and optimism, can help you remain calm and clear in everything else you do.
  • It improves your mood.  Regular exercise may yield benefits in increased self-confidence and higher energy levels. It also lowers the symptoms associated with mild depression and anxiety. It improves your sleep, which is often disrupted by stress or worsened by existing conditions. All this can ease your stress levels and give you a sense of command over your body and your life that puts you back on track and improves life quality to new heights!

 

[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]https://www.morefit.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Ulli-Ackerman-MoreFit-Personal-Trainer.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]Ulli is a Personal Trainer at MoreFit Finsbury Park and has a diverse sports background ranging from weightlifting to Martial Arts, downhill mountain biking to even semi-professional dancing. His fitness approach is based on a MSc in Sports Science with emphasis on Motion and Performance. This enables him to tailor custom programs for clients of all backgrounds with an assorted range of goals. His main focus lies on body re-composition, body sculpturing and weight loss including a variety of exercise methods to achieve best results. “As a Trainer, I pour my passion and energy into our session to make you work at 100%. Nothing gives better results and leaves you buzzing after as much. I will guide you on the path to a better you and it will leave you healthier, stronger and more energetic!”[/author_info] [/author]