Working as a financial consultant is the type of job that is bound to make stress part of your life. I have been doing this for years, and if I learned one thing over this time, is that you should never let stress get the better of you. People find different ways to fight stress, but for me, there is one thing that makes everything better and that is exercising and exercising hard. I don’t need my doctor to tell me that I need to watch out my stress levels. I think I’m smart enough to figure that out on my own.
Let me tell you a secret. When you are exercising, you are not just training your body, you are also training your mind. Has it ever happened to you to get back from work and have your mind still set on the things you’ve been working on? Your mind needs to relax, just as your body do, and if you just remain with your head buried deep in your problems at work, that will not happen. Even worse, you will not find any new solutions to your problems, if you just get stuck in a loop with no escape in sight.
That is why I love exercise as the most important way to fight off stress. When I exercise, I focus only on the movements I do, and this way, I allow my mind to rest, as well. I do not realize it at first, but as I progress through my routine, I feel like a large burden is lifted from my shoulders. Exercising is the ultimate way to practice mindfulness and no longer letting my mind wander to the problems I encountered throughout the day really helps.
Nothing, and I tell you once more, nothing counts towards a happiness treatment than a tough exercising regimen. As you strain your muscles and you push yourself harder and harder, you discover that you are getting more into the movement and that you feel better and better. The high release of endorphins you are experiencing after a while makes you feel strong, powerful and like sitting on top of the world. I love that feeling; whenever I feel like the world out there is getting the better of me, I grab a pair of dumbbells and I start challenging myself. When I’m done, I feel like I am ready to face the world again.
Doctors may tell you that there is no better mood regulator than exercising. Being in motion is what we have originally been meant for, not spending day after day behind a desk. So, my advice is, if you want to get rid of stress, to start exercising right away. For me, it really works wonders!