I’ve always been told stress is a killer, and so anything you can do to ease that stress is absolutely worth it.
Starting Debt (01.01.19): $124,310.77
Current Debt: $107,793.15
Total Paid Off: $16,517.62
Income Going to Savings: 1%
I’ve been making a lot of posts lately about how stressful debt can be. In fact, I’d say that yammering about stress as much as I have has actually contributed to stressing me out a bit.
My stress used to get so intense that my back would seize up and I’d be miserable. Like way more miserable than I normally am. Which says a LOT. Ask my wife.
So today I thought I’d share a couple of useful tips and tricks for dealing with stress.
LET ME BE TOTALLY CLEAR ABOUT SOMETHING: None of these are paid endorsements. These are just things I personally use and have found helpful, so I thought I’d share. I don’t own stock in these companies, and I’m not paid by them in any way, shape, or form.
Even typing that was kind of stressful, so here we go!!
Meditation – I know you’ve heard lots of people bring up the subject of meditation, and let me just say that I was one of the biggest skeptics on the planet, despite thousands of years of proof that meditation is highly beneficial.
Like most things of this nature I had no clue where to begin until I found an app that I absolutely love. The app is called Calm, and it gives you a large library of guided meditation lessons, even a large collection specifically targeted at people new to the practice, plus my favorite part which is a daily 10-minute guided meditation session.
I’m not going to be dusting off my tambourine and handing out flowers at the airport anytime soon, but I can firmly say that meditating every single day is now an essential part of my life. And speaking of essential…
Essential Oils – I had a co-worker turn me on to these, and I will never be without them. I bought a diffuser and set of “starter oils” on Amazon and the entire thing set me back around $50 bucks… maybe less.
I either dump the oils into the diffuser and sniff and snort my way to bliss, or I just rub some of them on my skin. Read the warnings, and make sure you rub the right things in the right spots. Trust me on that one…
It’s pretty amazing though how a couple of drops of Lavender can really calm you right down.
Vitamins – I’ve always taken vitamins, and while my amounts and types can vary, I’m a pretty firm believer in fish oil (capsules) and a good solid daily multivitamin.
Fish oil does exactly what you would imagine in that it lubricates joints and keeps you from getting quite so stiff on those stressful days. Pro Tip: Get the burpless kind. Otherwise you’ll spend all day feeling as if you’re about to belch out a salmon.
The multivitamin should be kind of self-explanatory. Vitamins are good. They help your body. I’m almost a doctor.
In either case, buy them from Costco. You can get a tub for like 10 bucks.
Yoga – At the age of 17, I ruptured a disc in my back and herniated two others in a weight lifting accident. I spent a good portion of my early adult life with chronic back pain, and it wasn’t until I found yoga that most of my problems went away. Daily stretching is critical regardless of your age, and I’ve found that yoga goes a LONG way in helping me stay ahead of back issues. The moment I start to feel my back tensing up, I dive into some serious stretching and can pretty much always work out the stiffness.
I’m being serious when I say that yoga was an absolute life changer for me, and made my overall quality of life increase dramatically.
So which one do I use? Why the one founded by former WCW wrestler, Diamond Dallas Page, of course! I know it sound silly, but if you go check out his website and app, you’ll see that he has traded in his wrestling persona many moons ago for his yoga business and now uses it to rehab ailing wrestlers who have been ravaged by the bumps they have taken over the years.
(As a quick side note, be sure to watch his documentary, “The Resurrection of Jake the Snake Roberts,” when you have time. It’s really good.)
Anyway, DDP Yoga is great, and the app is very well made. If you don’t want to use the app, he has DVDs too. If you only practice yoga on VHS, I can’t do much for you.
Exercise – I saved this one for last because hopefully it’s a no-brainer. I try to make the gym a minimum of 3 days a week, and I run at least a few miles 3 more of those days. I cannot stress enough how much exercise has helped me during the really tough times.
Your brain has no time to think about bills and finances when it’s busy worrying about keeping you alive as beads of sweat roll down your face. So do SOMETHING. Lift weights, run, swim, bike… just get out there!
Yes I get that in a blog where I talk about debt a lot I essentially just pitched you on at least 4 things that cost money, but if purchased in moderation these are the types of good purchases that I can get squarely behind.
I’ve always been told stress is a killer, and so anything you can do to ease that stress is absolutely worth it. If you’ve got tips and tricks of your own, I’d LOVE to hear about them! Leave me a comment or shoot me an email.