What To Do About Overwhelm And Stress?

overwhelm and stress
First, come to the realization that you’re stressed. Then you’ll have the clarity to do something about it.

Overwhelm and stress? what a question, right?

There are times when I try to really think hard before I say yes to this question. The reason is because I’m making it a point to stay in a positive mindset. A positive mindset to the point where I don’t think about my overwhelm or stress.

But that’s also where I go wrong.

While it’s not good to get caught up in stress, it’s just as detrimental to act like it doesn’t exist. You want to be authentic, upfront and real about what you deal with on a daily basis because it’s the only way you can work through it.

It’s perfectly understandable to not have it together, especially in these current times. But there should always be some kind of progression to managing your stress before it takes a complete hold of you.

That’s where you don’t want to be!

Why?

Because it can lead to a slew of other problems that you may never come back from such as: anxiety, chronic headaches, stomach ulcers, mental health issues and more.

With a change in mindset, you can make daily stress a manageable thing to deal with.

Let’s understand that stress is something that will never go away. You have to face the world and what comes with it.

Traffic is enough to drive you crazy these days, isn’t it? What about the different institutions of bureaucracy? Family issues? Yes, these are definitely elements of life that needs to be managed.

I came across this wonderful article on dealing with stress and overwhelm by Leo Babauta at Zenhabits.net.

This article was so cool because it goes into the importance getting into that point of realization and recognization about your stress.

Enjoy it! Hell, read it twice and let me know what you think!

Dopamine: A Quick Discussion

In late 2016 I came across the subject of dopamine.

Dopamine
Dopamine

What Is Dopamine?

Dopamine, according to WebMD, a type of neurotransmitter. Your body makes it, and your nervous system uses it to send messages between nerve cells. That’s why it’s sometimes called a chemical messenger.

A more simple way to put it, it’s the pleasure chemical. The feel good hormone. It’s the thing that gets you out of bed in the morning to go out and crush it. Not too many people discuss this chemical when they’re on the subject of having a good time, addiction, drive, determination and accomplishment.

But it matters more than you realize, especially when it comes to dealing with the unseen mental issues we face in our lives.

Those unseen issues like depression, anxiety, stress, the ability to relax, the ability to be mindful and in the present.

When you watch a movie, have sex, spark attraction, take on an exciting endeavor or climb onto a roller coaster, dopamine plays a huge roll in your good time.

It’s the thing that is firing off in your brain making you feel magical and out of this world.

The thing about dopamine is, as much as it can be a good thing to feel that rush and that pleasure, it’s something you have to monitor and govern as well.

You can easily become addicted to drugs, porn, sugar and other dangerously inviting activities if you let your sensors get the best of you. It’s like the old saying “Too much of a good thing can be bad for you.”

An example for me would be pizza. Pizza is my absolute favorite food in the world (NY style). But if I was to eat pizza for a week straight, it would taste like dog shit by Friday because my pleasure sensors would be in overload of it.

And my stomach?? Forget about it.

Understanding exactly what dopamine is and how it effects you are the keys to maintaining control of yourself.

Here’s some further information until we revisit this topic in depth at a later time.

https://www.webmd.com/mental-health/what-is-dopamine#1

Water Benefits To The Body

Do you know what the water benefits are to the body? Have you had your daily water consumption today? How about weekly? Monthly?

If your answer to any of these questions is no, it’s most likely that the answer is the same to all of them.

Now this is not to come down on you. A large portion of society is deficient in their water intake, and that is for a few reasons.

A lot of people don’t know that they don’t get enough water daily. Your average citizen is waking up, scrambling to get everything together so they can speed off to work. When that’s over, they’re going to pick up kids, maybe to another job, the gym, or to eat again.

Water may never even be a passing thought. Does this sound familiar?

The human body is 60% water in totality. That’s more than half of your body being made up of liquid, even though we are recognized as solid flesh.

I don’t know about you, but that’s extremely fascinating to me. The idea that we are, in essence liquid beings! (Ever see that movie The Abyss?)

With that being said, the discussion of water benefits to the body can go on forever. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t get into a few of them here. Now I personally have no problem drinking water. It’s the absolute greatest form of liquid to put into your body and I don’t feel like it should be struggle.

But if it is, rest easy because you are not alone.

Check out this article on the amazing things that can happen when you finally give your body the hydration that it needs. I feel like I should say now that the amount of water to b consumed daily will depend on how active you are and what your health status is (respectfully).

Without further ado, here is this great pi├Ęce by Kristin Limoges. Enjoy and let me know what you think.

https://getpocket.com/explore/item/whoa-this-is-what-happens-to-your-body-when-you-drink-enough-water?utm_source=pocket-newtab

Home Fitness: Is This The New Normal Now?

home fitness: is this the new normal now?
Is home fitness the new norm?

For the subject of home fitness I’m going to write more on this question from time to time, but for now I just wanted to put the question out there.

Is Home fitness the new normal?

My gym has been shut down for 3 months now. I drove by the other night just to look through the window. You see where I’m going with this?

I call it being “gym sick”. You know, like “home sick”, but for the gym. Are you feeling anything like this too? It’s a really crappy feeling to have.

Now I have nothing against home fitness training because that’s where I started. I began doing the very basics:

-pushups

-pull ups

-dips

chin ups

-body weight squats

-walking lunges

That was all I did to get a full body workout in (I still do these in the gym by the way, as you should).

So now, at this point, I keep it pushing at home. But what if this really is the new normal?

I mean I wouldn’t have a problem with it. I started my fitness journey at home doing calisthenics and light weights. Back then I was just enjoying the process of getting up in the morning, drinking some water, getting some fruit in my stomach and Hitting it!

The interesting thing was, I saw some results, but I didn’t see real results until I improved my diet. But when I did, That’s when it became addicting.

I did this for 3 years straight going through circuit after circuit, variation after variation. Those times were fun and I learned a lot about keeping on a schedule, pre planning my workouts and taking it seriously all the way to the end.

I guess I just wanted to rant a little about my love for the gym and how I miss it so much, along with reassuring myself for this home fitness journey.

What do your home workouts consist of?

Home Biceps Workout, Even With No Gym

home biceps workout, even though there's still no gym
No gym, no problem. A home biceps workout might be just what you need.

It’s been a while, but hello again. Today I wanted to share a home biceps workout. I hope you’ve been taking good care yourself and looking out for your loved ones during this crazy pandemic.

We are experiencing some very turbulent times right now and it’s being said that it’s going to get worse, so please continue to wear your mask and practice social distancing.

Did you ever think we would be out of the gym for this long? I sure didn’t. But here we are, forging ahead in our home fitness routines.

How are you holding up? I’m gym sick for sure, but it’s actually not that bad. This is giving me an opportunity to come up with different and creative ways to stay in shape.

It’s amazing what you get used to when you have all of those cool machines to work with on a daily basis.

Not so much the case right now, so you, me, we all need to get creative And go back to the basics.

What kind of changes have been made with your circuits?

How much growth?

How much decline (if any)?

These are loose questions, but they are legitimate things we are facing right now.

Athlean -X To The Rescue (again)!

I started seeing some growth with this jewel from Jeff Cavalier, supreme architect of Athlean-X. My biceps started noticeably shrinking due to my limited resistance at home.

This a really good workout for your biceps. You will need some dumbbells and bands to complete it so if you don’t have some bands, go on a scavenger hunt to find some lol.

What I love most about Jeff Cavalier’s workouts are how he shows you things you never even thought of to get shit done. And while a lot of us are sitting out of the gym right now, that’s needed.

Check it out, implement it and let me know how you like it.

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