No, it’s not just you. The daily grind of modern life really is making women sick. The CDC reports that job stress is a very real problem that has worsened over the last year because of the pandemic. Even if you’re not pulling long hours at your job, it’s harder than ever to get away from it with emails, texts, and social media posts constantly dragging you back in, especially if you’re currently working from home. Even if you work outside your home, commuting and meeting the demands of your family are just an added layer of overwhelm, especially in a society that still thinks women need to be responsible for their family’s care.
This creates a bad cycle of unhealthy living. You’re too stressed to do much for your wellness, which means you get worse. But there is something you can do about it. First, you have to start by examining your life and seeing what parts of the daily grind are getting to you. Then you need to make good nutrition choices, and lastly, explore some out-of-the-box wellness ideas.
How The Modern World Hurts Us
The smartphone is wonderful — and awful. Can you imagine going back to paper street maps, phone books, and encyclopedias? But as with so much in life, you take a step back with each step forward.
Living at a breakneck speed in our fast-paced world like many women do is simply not healthy. Running around like crazy is addictive. Overbooking your personal and work schedules is the norm, as if you can be in two places at once. In fact, depending upon which industry you work in, you could be doing more damage to your health than you realize. For example, people who work in the nursing and residential care industry are typically less healthy than individuals who work in the professional, technical, or scientific fields, who are often considered the healthiest workers. All of this increases your stress levels. Overstimulation is a real thing, and having 24/7 access to information (and letting others have 24/7 access to you) can decrease your physical and mental wellness.
TIP: Set your daily priorities and stay organized. Consider buying a journal or planner, to write down all your to-dos, thoughts, ideas, and emotions.
Our brains did not evolve to multitask well. You’re not doing several things at once; you’re doing one thing after another but very quickly. That adds stress to your life. Stress drags down both your physical and mental wellness since both are so intertwined.
Eating Right Is Vital
Your mind and body are a complex machine. In order to get the most from both, you need to put in the right kind of fuel. That means eating right is vital to beating the daily grind and getting well.
Although there are different studies from time to time, the basics of nutrition remain the same. Eat more vegetables and fruit; get your vitamins; treat sugar and carbs with caution; and drink plenty of water. But that’s hard in today’s world. It’s so much easier to grab fast food! To help with that, here are some of the advantages to eating right:
- You can control your weight, which can impact your physical health as well as your self-esteem.
- Your body is better equipped to fight diseases like hypertension, diabetes, arthritis, cancer, and heart disease.
- By having the right fuel, your body can provide you with more energy. This can help you get out of a rut and get some exercise.
- You can live longer, being there more for your family and friends.
But beating that daily grind takes more than just a healthy body. Eating right can help at work, too (even if your work is a household). Your brain runs better on healthier foods, so you can increase your productivity and creativity.
Unique Wellness Ideas
Yeah, yeah. Go to the gym. Take the stairs. It’s not like you don’t have some idea of how to get active and improve your wellness. It’s just that those traditional ideas seem … well, kind of boring. Here are some unique ideas for improving your overall health.
- Treat yourself to beauty and wellness products that boost your confidence by making you look and feel great. As much as strange as might seem; jewelry, beauty, body, and home items that can help improve your mental — and therefore, overall — wellness, so indulge yourself!
- Spending time with animals has a great positive impact on our wellness, so get a pet or find a way to work with animals.
- Build a “wellness pantry” full of healthy snacks.
- Get into a weight-loss competition.
- Buy a Fitbit (or a similar device) and post your daily results online to stay accountable and motivated.
You Can Beat that Daily Grind
This will be a big change, so it won’t be easy. But that doesn’t mean it’s not possible. Watch your thoughts, change what you eat, get creative with your wellness activities, and start beating that daily grind.
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