Stress is often inevitable and can affect us all. As a busy corporate executive experiencing high levels of daily stress can seem like normality. The fact is high levels of stress can be detrimental to your health and wellbeing.
Stress can lead to a magnitude of illnesses and chronic diseases. With that in mind, taking action to reduce stress levels is incredibly important. One way to do that is with physical and emotional fitness.
The Cost of Stress
In the US alone, it is reported that over $150 billion is spent annually due to stress-related losses. Many illnesses triggered by stress account for both, work time and efficiency.
Increased stress levels can lead to a number of issues including stress-related dependencies. Alcoholism alone costs the US $15 billion each year, while other substance dependencies cost a further $15 billion. This means an annual sum of over $30 billion for chemical dependencies alone.
Moreover, what people fail to realize is the impact continued stress has on your body and mind. Many people who experience chronic stress fail to notice the warning signs, as this does not affect the body in the same way acute or traumatic stress would. However, ongoing stress can seriously affect both your physical and mental health.
Stress Has a Huge Impact on Physical and Mental Health
Continued and unmanaged stress can potentially lower the immune system. Leaving you more vulnerable to bacterial infections and viruses. Furthermore, this can progress over time to much more serious physical conditions such as heart disease as well as mental illnesses like anxiety disorders and depression.
Unfortunately, because stress is a natural response in the body that everyone experiences, the effects of prolonged stress are often ignored. The main issue for corporate executives is that they tend to experience both ongoing stress from normal everyday problems that arise in their daily job, and traumatic stress, due to sudden crisis situations.
The warning signs of extreme stress are often brushed aside until it is too late and what were warning signs then, have morphed into something much worse. There are many ways you can manage stress but in my opinion, the most effective way to combat high stress levels is physical fitness combined with emotional fitness, which is what the InnerFitness® method is all about. Including InnerFitness® into your daily life can have a plethora of health benefits, some of which are lowering stress levels, increased sense of wellbeing and increased performance.
Physical and Emotional Fitness are Great Stress Relievers
Physical and mental exercises have been proven time and time again to be an excellent ways to maintain and improve general health. Increasing physical condition, strength and even fighting disease. Moreover, several researches suggest that daily mental and physical exercises can improve your health and are excellent stress relievers.
With that in mind, everyone has the opportunity to beat stress by staying active and aware of one’s mental, emotional and physical behaviors. Whether you love to work out in your office with a kettlebell, run for an hour at the gym or even with an hour of early morning yoga, as long as you’re active, it will help beat stress.
InnerFitness® and Stress Relief
The exercises included in the InnerFitness® program will of course help improve your overall health, but they’ll also help you relieve stress.
When you do physical and mental exercises, your brain produces more endorphins or ‘feel good hormones’. The best part is your brain doesn’t care whether you are running a marathon or having a quick game of tennis, either way, it will produce endorphins just the same.
It is a Form of Meditation
If you complete 10 laps in the pool, you will notice afterwards that your focus in the activity at hand has enabled you to forget the woes of the day at least for a while. Maintaining that focus through exercise regularly can encourage you to maintain focus in everyday life. Helping you remain clear and calm.
Natural Mood Enhancer
When you regularly exercise it naturally and positively affects your mood. Exercise can increase your confidence as well as help you to feel relaxed. This can ward off symptoms of anxiety and depression, allowing you to handle stressful situations in a more relaxed manner.
Stick With It
As you can see, there are a number of great reasons to implement InnerFitness™ into your life in order to reduce stress. However, for this to work there are a few things you should keep in mind.
First, you must be consciously aware that you have a stress management issue and are willing to find an activity that you enjoy which will keep you motivated. As a busy corporate executive, finding time to exercise can be difficult; therefore, if you don’t feel motivated by the activity you are more likely to cancel sessions when your schedule is hectic. If you can find an activity you love, taking time out will feel like a much-needed reward.
Secondly, start slow to make it grow. There is no need to run before you can walk. Start with something for around 20 minutes each session and build up the time or intensity level as you go. Too much too soon can also hinder your motivation.
And finally, you must get checked. It’s important to mention that if you haven’t exercised for a while and especially if you have any underlying health conditions, speak to your doctor before starting something new.
The truth is, if you are a corporate executive, implementing an InnerFitness™ program into your everyday life will help you lower high stress levels, promote physical and mental long lasting health and well-being, and ensure better productivity in your job. Being less stressed will enable you to focus on the task at hand and deal with situations effectively. Therefore, enhancing both your personal and professional lives.
Step one: Accept that you are stressed.
Step two: Take responsibility and find out what works for you.
Step three: Get checked and get going.
To summarize, the benefits of an Executive InnerFitness® program are endless. It may be a surprise to you, but the sooner you accept that you are stressed and how you are feeling the sooner you’ll get on track with long lasting health and wellbeing. Take care of yourself now.
Nordine is an internationally acclaimed high-performance coach and wellness expert, bestselling author of Mind Over Body and Keynote Speaker fluent in English, French and Italian. He developed and led the revolutionary fitness program at Miraval Resort, a world-class destination spa in Tucson, Arizona for 10 years where he conducted over 10,000 individual coaching sessions with celebrities, high-performance athletes and executives.