Have you ever noticed that some of the habits that you’ve adopted to take care of your health are becoming the reason why you’re stressed?
If that’s the case, here’s why you’re self-care routine might be stressing you out,
The key to living a healthy life is to tune your mindset. You can eat healthy, workout, take care of your skin and do everything right, but if you don’t have the right intent things can go south.
You want your intention when it comes to your self-care routine to come from a place of love, not self-doubt.
How To Do Self-Care Without Stress
These are some of the most important things to put in mind when you’re following a self-care routine.
1. Find the Right Mindset
Ask yourself why you want to take care of yourself. If it’s because you want to feel enough, or you’re trying to get back at an ex, then you’re probably going about it the wrong way.
Everyone has their own reason to take care of themselves, and they’re all valid. At the same time, the purpose of self-care is for you to feel happy and healthy, and good intent helps with keeping you on that track.
Some healthy reasons people engage in self-care activities are keeping themselves happy, feeling healthy, living longer, and to heal their emotional wounds.
Your mindset has the most impact on you and can change your life. If the whole mindset debacle does it for you here are 5 Ways To Use Your Mind To Transform Your Life
2. Don’t Compare Yourself To Others
We know that your Instagram feed doesn’t help with this one. But, you can still fix this.
These days you see people on Instagram showing off their healthy lifestyle with their Instagram-worthy picture of avo-toast and yoga mats. (You do know that most of these bright post-workout selfies are taken in a studio, right?)
These pictures are fun but can be overwhelming if you think it’s what you need. You probably don’t. All you need is to find the right self-care routine for you, and you do that at your own pace.
Which brings us to tip # 3
3- Be Patient, Have Fun!
If you’re taking care of yourself because you want to prove something to yourself or someone else, you’ll probably be expecting results and expecting them quickly.
When it comes to self-care, acknowledge that it’s a journey for life. There will never be a point where you’ll feel like you’ve come to the end of your self-care journey.
You will always need to take care of yourself, so if you find yourself wondering “When will it be over?” or “Do I look better already?” remind yourself that it’s not the goal that matters, it’s the journey.
Basically, have fun and try different things. Enjoy the process!
That being said, it’s possible that your physical workout routine can add to your stress levels without you know. Here’s how.
How to Workout Without Stress
Let me ask you this, have you heard of Cortisol-conscious workouts?
We’re talking about Cortisol that’s not to be confused with Cortisone (with an N). Your body secrets both in response to stress, however, today we’re talking about Cortisol.
Some recent studies show that while some of us thrive on long, intense exercises like Crossfit and long gym sessions, some of us feel depleted after those sessions.
When we’re stressed, our bodies release a hormone called Cortisol. Cortisol pauses your bodily functions during a stressful or dangerous situation.
So, let’s say if you’re attacked by a tiger, your Cortisol levels rise to stop your body from digestive and regular urinary tract functions temporarily, and focus more on getting out alive.
However, here’s the catch,
Today, our Cortisol levels rise from daily stressful situations like dealing with a micro-managing boss, or a stressful relationship. When cortisol levels are high most of the time, they may start causing psychological issues, like depression and insomnia, or physiological issues like heart problems and weight gain.
The thing is, if you tend to be stressed out a lot, intense workouts can actually be bad for you because they raise your Cortisol levels. It’s funny because some people workout to lose weight and end up gaining weight. That’s because of their stress levels that caused their Cortisol to spike leading to their weight gain.
Why Would Cortisol-Conscious Workouts Be Better For You
If you feel drained after your workout sessions, and you have trouble recovering before your next workout, then cortisol-conscious workouts are for you.
But what counts as a Cortisol-Conscious Workout?
These are some examples of workouts that don’t cause your Cortisol to rise.
- Slow Jogging
- Stretching sessions
These workouts focus on reducing stress and leave you feeling great when you’re done! During these workouts, you’re not only training your body, but also your mindset as well; These exercises connects you with your breathing and keep you mindful of your body and how it responds to the workout. When you’re mindful of your body, you don’t put it under the stress of “I just need to get this workout over with.”
Eventually, explore different kinds of workouts to find what feels good for you. It’s a process that you should enjoy and have fun with!
Let’s Wrap Up!
In a nutshell, your wellness routine can be stressful if you’re not in the right mindset. If you judge yourself too much, if you compare yourself to others, or if you’re impatient with your goals, then you will probably feel stressed.
The way to have a mindful and healthy wellness routine is to find a positive reason, like being happy or being healthy, train your mindset to be patient, and enjoy the journey!
Your physical activities can also lead to stress if you’re not mindful and patient; long-form, intense exercises like running and CrossFit can elevate your stress hormones. These hormones slow down your bodily functions and can lead to anxiety and weight gain.
If you feel like you’re stressed or drained after a workout, you can try doing some stress-relieving workout sessions like the ones mentioned above see what makes you feel good afterward!