Real Talk: How I Cope With Stress

I am 28 years into my life and I have come to the realization that I have yet to master the art of stress. I honestly can say that I feel that have been through more in my short 28 years than the majority of people go through in their lifetime. I have been through the ringer. Whether I am talking about what a typical day looked/looks like for me, or various life experiences, life has been crazy. Everything in my life has gotten me to where I am today, and I wouldn’t change that for the world. I am a proud mother of two children; I love being their mom. I am currently going through a divorce.

Now, I know what you may be thinking, “Why am I putting my life out there?” Here is my best answer: I don’t have much to hide. I am not going to give off the idea that everything in my life has been easy or perfect, because it hasn’t ever been. To be completely transparent, I admit, I am stressed and at times I feel sad and defeated. My reality right now is different than it was even three months ago. I am now a single mom. I am doing my best to give my children a life they had with a dual income, and trying to take care of myself as well. So how do I cope with all the stress?

To answer this question, I give myself 1-2 hours out of every day for self care. The gym is my escape. There’s nothing better than burning calories, listening to my favorite playlist, with no one calling out mommy or hanging on my leg. I recently decided to compete in a bikini competition again. I personally needed to focus on something else other than the storm going on in my life at the current moment. So, I chose a competition.

I am not telling you to compete (it’s not for everyone) and I am not telling you to go thrash yourself in the gym. I want to let you know that it is 100% okay to have “you time.”  You have to make yourself a priority. I see too many clients, friends, and family members let themselves go when times get tough. Feed off the hurt, stress, and pain, and kick ass. Force yourself to get up in the morning… eat breakfast, don’t skip It because you’re “too tired” or “just not hungry.” You’re stressed, but not eating or not getting sleep is not going to help any situation. This is mental. You have the power to pull yourself out of this slump. You have the power to turn this around. In every dark situation there is light—sometimes you just have to work to find that light.

Written By Casey Cosmann

Personal Trainer/Macros Coach

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