Last week was pretty intense for me. My work in the office particularly the writing of contents for our website was finally in the homestretch. Writing solid contents for the website of a subscription-centric business takes a lot of brain power. Especially during crunch time, stress level goes to the roof.
Content writing is a big job. For one, it is very important that you truly understand the product you are writing about. And with a huge number of topics I needed to finish, my creative juices ran dry. I was running out of fresh ideas and my brains felt too stretched out.
Challenges in the personal aspects of my life was also piling up too. My head seemed to start to split.
I take pride of the work that I do. But I very well know that when stress starts to whack the reasons out of me, I won’t be able to deliver the best output I always wanted. Plus, when stress level is too high, my body just automatically tells me I’m hungry. Whoa! I can’t go back to stress-eating. It is a total bad habit that packs the body with too much calories it cannot burn for the day and eventually store as fat. I’ve spent a good amount of time and I worked hard to get in shape. I can’t go back to my 180 lbs self. Definitely not.
I needed to give myself a break. I needed to keep my stress level in control.
4 techniques in managing stress while keeping yourself healthy
1. Brisk walking. Nothing beats the smell of good sweat on my skin after a 45 min to 60 min of brisk walking and the feeling of successfully overcoming the desire to take in food that I didn’t really need for the moment. Add to that the instant gratification of seeing calories burnt and my legs getting firmer. Brisk walking helps my body to burn calories fast and consequently, I can eat more good food than when I do not exercise. This week, I successfully went back to brisk walking at the Burgos Circle and at Tierra 28 in Bonifacio Global City. The 45- min to 60-min per session that I did thrice that week definitely helped me manage my stress.
I burnt 197 calories after a 45-min brisk walking last week
2. Play music. There is a good reason why Taylor Swift and Jennifer Lopez make extremely good amount of money out of making music. It is not just about how beautiful their voices are and how beautiful and sexy these two music icons are. Music in fact soothes every pent up emotions of every person who just wants to relax. Music releases pleasure triggered by the brains pleasure hormones called “dopamine”. The pleasure is increased when you listen to music that you already like or when you listen to new songs that you instantly get excited about. People buy what can give them pleasure. And music is pleasurable. No wonder, every time I go out to walk and run, I put on my headset and plug it to my MP3 player. Walking and running become more pleasurable with music on my ears.
3. Get on the phone and talk. Talk on the phone. Reach out to the people who matter in your life. Start with a “hi”, a “hello”, and a “how are you”. Just go ahead and start a conversation. Catch up. It is always satisfying when a familiar voice is on the phone talking about things you both are interested in. This week, I spent time talking to my mom, my sister, and my 5-year old niece on the phone. It is great way to connect with my family who stays in different parts of the country. Hearing their voices and listening to them is therapeutic. Family love is always a soothing therapy for a stress-filled week.
4. Get social. Connecting with friends on Facebook can never be more fun than when your stress level is extreme and you just want to talk to your friends. Before Facebook, connecting to my friends was easier when I send them SMS or when I call them on the phone. But these days, they are more active on Facebook than on their phones and more practical than sending them SMS and waiting for them to respond that may take forever. Just watching their photos and videos and reading through the comments in their walls can give you and instant feeling of being connected. It is a fantastic way to satisfy the part of our psychology that makes us human: the sense of belongingness. Visiting my friends’ walls and the news feed was a staple to break last week’s work monotone.
That week is over and we finally finished all the website contents we needed to complete. What an accomplishment!
I am starting a new week now with new challenges ahead. I know that stress will pile up again as the week progresses. My walking gears, my MP3 player, my headset, and my phone are ready to help me ease the stress away.