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Dealing with stress.

Wednesday, January 12, 2005 by  
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January
12
2005

As I’ve mentioned, it’s been a very stressful and busy month for me so far. One thing I’ve noticed, though, is how well I seem to handle stress now compared to how I handled it before I started my healthier lifestyle. The difference is pretty amazing. A few years ago I would have been handling this month completely differently than I am now.

I’m sure most of you are very familiar with that horrible feeling of being overwhelmed with work: you’re in the middle of a big project, the phone keeps ringing, co-workers have questions, emails are piling up, another big project gets dumped on you and there are “fires” popping up all day long that need attention… A few years ago I would feel panicked and overwhelmed in situations like the one I just described. I would be short with my co-workers and rude to customers. Yesterday when things were really getting hot and heavy, I still felt a bit overwhelmed, but I realized that I was remaining calm. I think the reason for this relatively newfound ability to deal with stress is due to several factors: I always get a good night’s sleep, I eat every 3 hours so my blood sugar levels are much more stable, I eat healthy foods and get a good balance of nutrients, I have increased self-confidence and I no longer use drugs or alcohol. Years ago I used to crave a joint when things would get out of control: “I can’t wait to get done with this day so I can just kick back and get high, high, high.” Now that I no longer use drugs, those cravings are totally gone – along with the added stress of dealing with those cravings during a hectic day. Years ago I told myself that pot was keeping me sane; in fact, it was making my life more stressful.

Some people complain that working out and eating right is “hard”. You know what’s REALLY hard? Dealing with life when you are unhealthy. My life has become easier thanks to the hour I spend each day focused on training and eating right. It’s such a small amount of time, and the benefits are numerous and profound. The trick is to stick with it long enough to feel those effects. Ultimately the choice is up to you, but don’t you owe it to yourself to at least try? Of course you do…

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