Updated: Mar 13, 2019
If your health fails, it can overshadow everything else that’s going on in your life. From relatively minor health issues such as aches and pains, lethargy, and indigestion to major health problems that can threaten your existence, health can really affect happiness and stress levels. Making a commitment to hacking your health for healthier habits this year can have a far-reaching payoff: you’ll feel better in everything you do.
Let‘s take a poll? Who describes themselves as “Stressed?” I know all too frequently, I use the word stress or even in general conversation describe a particular occurrence of events that “has me stressed out.” Do you find yourself in this group too? If so you are normal!
According to the American Institute Of Stress (AIS) the numbers/statistics are ridiculously high. According to the AIS the percent of people who regularly experience physical symptoms caused by stress is 77%. Those that regularly experience psychological symptoms caused by stress is 73%. The people that feel they are living with extreme stress is 33%. The individuals that feel their stress has increased over the past five years is 48%. People surveyed that cited money and work as the leading cause of their stress is extremely high at 76%.Finally, those that reported lying awake at night due to stress is 48%.
These numbers were reported late in 2018 therefore pretty accurate to the time we live in today’s enviornment. This is particularly important as it defines the top reasons noted for causing stress.
The top 7 reasons reported to be the causes of those high numbers indicated above are; job pressure, money, health, relationships, poor nutrition, media overload, and sleep deprivation. All of these factors contribute to most of our lives in one way or another. The sad part is the compound effect that these have on each other. What do you think? Do you see these areas of your life causing stress? What about the compound effect? I know personally, anytime relationships are not on the same path and moving along seemlessly, it can add pressure to everyone involved with those in the relationships. This could be personal, in home relationships with family or even external relationships within the workplace or social setting.
Once you are in the fallen pit of uncertainty, it seems all areas of your life are affected. Therefore, I would tend to say your job is affected, your sleep affected, as well as your health and nutrition. Some people classify themselves as “Stress Eaters,” while others classify themselves as “not able to eat” when being stressed out in multiple areas.
The stress that comes from poor health is significant because when you’re facing a health challenge, it affects so many areas of your life. Daily tasks become more challenging, health expenses can pile up, and your ability to earn a living can even be in jeopardy. Stress, itself can exacerbate health issues from the common cold to more serious conditions and diseases, so it really does pay off to maintain healthy stress management habits not only to be able to manage the stress of poor health, but to help avoid it altogether by staying healthier longer. To do this, here are some #Hacks to help you make sure your health doesn’t deteriorate.
7 WAYS YOU CAN #HACK YOUR LIFE
1) Intermittent Fasting
Intermittent fasting is especially helpful if you feel as if you’ve tried everything to lose weight, heal digestion, and balance blood sugar, and the results have been less than satisfactory. Intermittent fasting involves restricting or eliminating food in a very specific pattern, which creates a process call autophagy— the body’s response to perceived starvation.
In autophagy, the cells appear to clear out waste more efficiently, the result being protection from disease, reduced inflammation, enhanced cellular energy, and even an overall resistance to aging.
One way to do it: alternate-day fasting, in which you fast or reduce caloric intake to 500 calories every other day, with normal eating on non-fasting days. Or try time-restricted eating, in which you limit eating to a set number of hours. This method assumes that you’re following a clean, whole-foods diet based on abundant vegetables, lean protein, and healthy fats.
2) Stand Up
We spend countless hours sitting at our desks, in our cars, or on the couch. That takes its toll on the body— extended periods of sitting are strongly linked with chronic disease and increased mortality, as well as psychological concerns including depression and anxiety. If you have an “Apple Watch” you will notice alerts that tell you it’s time to “Stand.” This is the reason, preventative measures to help you through stress that if not adhered, could lead to chronic health conditions. Also, alternate between standing and sitting, ideally every 45 minutes to an hour.
3) Shake It Up
Wanting a fast way to boost your workout? Try whole body vibration training (WBV), a system that involves sitting, standing, or working out on a machine with a vibrating platform. The intense vibrations from the machine activate motor neurons in the spinal cord and force the muscles to contract and relax dozens of times each second. The end result, according to some studies, is increased strength, improved stability, and possibly enhanced weight loss.
4) Eating Healthy
Good nutrition is an important part of leading a healthy lifestyle. Combined with physical activity, your diet can help you to reach and maintain a healthy weight, reduce your risk of chronic diseases (like heart disease and cancer), and promote your overall health.
There’s a lot of advice out there on how to eat healthy, and if we’re being honest, it can sometimes feel like too much to think about. Between the diet fads, gourmet trends, and a rotating roster of superfoods, eating well has gotten, well, complicated.
However, eating healthy doesn’t have to be convoluted. What’s important is that you stick to the basics, which is easy to do as long as you do your research.
5) Going Dark
Are you looking for a quick and effective way to improve your mood, focus, and stamina? Sleep better. Not necessarily more— just better. During sleep, the body repairs cells, consolidates memories, and flushes out toxins associated with neurodegeneration.
Start by turning your bedroom into a sleep cave; total darkness can affect melanopsin in the eyes, pigments in the retina that impact the circadian rhythm— the body’s biological clock that regulates sleep/wake cycles.
Additionally, earplugs and an eye mask can help shut out light and sounds or use a white noise machine. Disengage from electronics at least two hours before bed— the blue light they emit has been shown to disrupt sleep— and dim lights. Studies show that exposure to electric light before bedtime suppresses melatonin, a hormone that promotes sleep. And try using an Oura Ring so you can track your sleep patterns to see if you are getting into REM sleep. This is a stage of your sleep that is associated with dreaming, but also with memory consolidation, learning, and creativity. In other words, this ring can help you see what your sleep patterns are and how to get better sleep for a healthier lifestyle.
6) Watch What You Put Into Your Body
Avoid putting unhealthy substances into your body; nicotine, excess alcohol, and even excessive caffeine can take a toll on your health in the long run, and can also make you feel lousy overall in your day-to-day life. In fact, it helps if you can avoid toxic thinking patterns from exacerbating your stress levels as well. Find healthier ways to manage stress, and you’ll enjoy double health and stress management benefits.
7) The Right Fitness Habit
We’ve all heard the advice to “eat right and exercise,” but can be difficult to fit in workouts around a busy schedule, particularly when you’re feeling exhausted from stress. One proven strategy for making fitness a regular part of your life is to build an exercise habit around your other habits— either attach a workout to your morning routine, your lunchtime habits, or make it a regular part of your evening— you get the idea.
Now, these are 7 ways you can take control of your health and #HackIT. If you set goals to make these ideas a reality in your life, you’ll feel the difference immediately, but will also see results in multiple areas of your life in the coming weeks and months. Few habits come without effort, but these can make a significant impact on your life, and are well worth the effort.
Biohacking your overall Health is essential to quality of life and self care. Preventative measures are found to be the first go to that can enable you to have the best overall health at any age. It’s not too late, if you haven’t started Biohacking, you can start now! Check out our products and get your #HackOn with our proven scientific results! Our flagship NrF2 synergizer is proven to reduce oxidative stress by 40% in 30 days! When your ultimate goal is preventative measures, your health should come first! Just as flying in an airplane, the flight attendant will tell you in the need of oxygen masks, you should put your oxygen mask on first, then fit your child’s mask appropriately!
Simply put, you can’t accomplish the caretaker role if you aren’t healthy and putting your health as a FIRST PRIORITY yourself! Champion You and #Hack your body into greatness!