Stay Sharp and Stress Less: Keys to Cool

How you can control your stress.

Who doesn’t want to stay sharp as they age and throughout their life? To be able to see the target with a clear mind, have precision, ability and be able to think ahead, finishing in style? At the same time, which one of us guys doesn’t want a stress-free existence (where possible).

You can sharpen your mental and physical sword but ultimately our ability and allotted share of sharpness is limited to what Allah (our creator, the mighty and majestic) decrees for us. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t work to stay on our A-game; below are ways to help you see around corners and move like Neo is your younger cousin.

Exercise:

Working on your body through weight training regularly will help you maintain and better yet increase muscle size which is well known but did you know regular exercise will aid brain health and more? With added strength + speed, you become physically sharper and able to tackle the day, be it by running down a pick-pocket or carrying the shopping home to burn those extra calories. Cardiovascular work increases your heart strength and ability to take in oxygen, also helping your blood flow better. Your mind is also sharper through regular exercise and you’ll find your mood lifts, not only because of hormone change but also due to being in an environment where like-minded people come to put in that work after-work. After all the exercise you’ll be so tired that sleep will come easy, on a regular basis.

Exercise to stay focused – Any activity that requires a level of physical exertion is good (e.g. Running, Tennis, Cricket, Football, Cycling and Gym activity).

The food we eat can affect our stress levels.

Food:

The food you eat will give your engine the right combination of nutrients you need to power through your hectic day or it could be the reason why you fall asleep when there’s work to do and also the reason you feel stressed, agitated and sluggish. Food is stored energy, it’s a blessing from Allah (our Lord and Master) that we have so many varieties, textures, smells and appearances that go down so well. Eating too much and doing too little activity increases the chance of that food we love so much will cause our bodies harm now or in the future.

Stay sharp and stress-free by eating from smaller plates, increasing your vegetables and drinking water before your meal to fill you up that little bit earlier.

Have you ever had an appointment that you were anxious and eager over? Think back, did you eat everything in the house or was your appetite suppressed? If you take to eating a smaller quantity, over time, you will likely feel sharper and focused and with added exercise, this sharpness will only increase God willing.  Avoid processed foods (sweets, fried chips, burgers, and chicken) and select locally sourced, organic meat and vegetables, brown pasta, rice and bread that contain more fibre and drink water like you’ve just found life in the Sahara Desert.

Foods to de-stress: e.g. Avacado, Blueberries, Kale, Dark Chocolate at 70% and up and Salmon.

Additional ways to stay cool:

  • Better Sleep
  • Stretching
  • Prayer, Dhikr, Wudu, Reciting Qur’an, Seeking Knowledge
  • Build a positive Support Network (Family and Friends).
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If you put your stress down to a poor diet and limited physical activity, you’re gaining weight and feeling unmotivated we can help you regain the positive attitude you know you have inside. We at Criterion Fitness and Nutrition will help you to feel great and look the part. Personal Gym Programmes, Weight-loss and Advice to control bad eating habits – we can help with these too. [Message us here for your FREE CONSULTATION].

Published by Abu Hafs

Abu Hafs Hanif from London. Married with Children. Fitness and Nutritional Advisor.

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