It’s Stress Awareness Month
GYMGUYZ is offering enhanced services to help new and existing customers cope with stress during the crisis
Most of us deal with stress now and then. Today, with the rapid spread of COVID-19 and quickly climbing death count, you may feel an unprecedented level of it — given all the unknowns about this pandemic’s short- and long-term effects — so it seems like a happy coincidence that April is Stress Awareness Month.
While this year’s activities will likely be shelved due to the virus, every April since 1992, health professionals and health promotion experts across the country have joined forces to increase public awareness about both the causes and cures for our modern stress epidemic. So, we’ll do our part to provide some valuable education.
Main Causes of Stress
Just about anything has the potential to cause stress, but according to an article from Verywell Mind, there are five main causes: financial problems, work, personal relationships, parenting, and daily life and busyness. Let’s take a look at each one of these.
- Financial Problems — It will probably come as no surprise that according to the American Psychological Association (APA), money is the top cause of stress in the U.S. Signs of financial stress may include:
- Worrying and feeling anxious about money
- Arguing with loved ones about money
- Feeling guilty about spending money on non-essentials
- Being afraid to open mail or answer the phone
- Work — This is another “no-brainer.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that at least 40 percent of people say their jobs are stressful, and 26 percent say they often feel burned out by their work. Contributors to job stress include:
- Too much work
- Job insecurity
- Dissatisfaction with a job or career
- Conflicts with a boss and/or coworkers
- Personal Relationships — Family members, intimate partners, friends or coworkers can fall into the category of “toxic person,” causing stress that can affect physical and mental health. Romantic relationships can be especially stressful if the couple:
- Is too busy to spend time with each other and share responsibilities
- Is not communicating
- Is being intimate or having sex only rarely due to busyness, health problems or other reasons
Other relationship stress-causers are consuming too much alcohol or using drugs, thinking about divorce and having abuse or control issues.
- Parenting — Sources of parenting stress may include working long hours, single parenting, marital or relationship tensions and raising a child who’s been diagnosed with a behavioral disorder or developmental disability. Even in the best of circumstances, it can be stressful to manage busy schedules that include a job, household duties and raising kids.
- Daily Life and Busyness — These stressors can be minor — misplacing keys, running late or forgetting to bring an important item with you when you leave the house — but when they occur frequently, they can affect physical and psychological health.
Signs of Stress
You may be surprised to see how significantly stress can manifest as a physical ailment. Distress can raise blood pressure, and cause headaches, upset stomach, chest pain, insomnia, fatigue, muscle tension and pain, mood swings, difficulty concentrating and making decisions, and a general feeling of sickness. It’s even been linked to health problems like depression, anxiety, skin problems, diabetes and arthritis.
According to Healthline, there are many simple ways to relieve stress and anxiety, including taking supplements like lemon balm, green tea, and valerian root; lighting a candle; reducing your caffeine intake; chewing gum; spending time with friends and family; laughing; and learning how to say no. Taking up yoga may also be beneficial, as is practicing mindfulness, cuddling, listening to soothing music, deep breathing and spending time with your pet.
However, one of the most important things you can do to combat stress is exercise — because putting physical stress on your body can actually relieve mental stress. As you might expect, those who regularly exercise are less likely to experience anxiety than those who don’t, and there are a few good reasons for that:
- Stress hormones — Exercise lowers the body’s stress hormones, like cortisol, over the long term. It also helps release endorphins, which improve mood and actual as natural painkillers.
- Sleep — Exercise can improve sleep quality.
- Confidence — When you feel more confident in your body because you exercise, your mental well-being will improve.
Thinking you can’t exercise due the COVID-19 lockdown? Think again.
Virtual Personal Training with GYMGUYZ
Since 2008, GYMGUYZ has been providing in-home training AND NOW online personal training for people who are committed to fitness, starting on the East Coast. The first San Diego franchise has been operating since 2018.
What makes GYMGUYZ unique is that it delivers results, because your fitness program is created to fit your abilities and help you reach your goals. Your certified fitness trainer will keep you motivated and accountable — plus we keep records of your workouts and progress so we can reassess your fitness level every 15 weeks.
Obviously, during this time when face-to-face contact is a no-no, having an at-home personal trainer is a no-go, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop exercising. GYMGUYZ a team of online personal trainers, an innovative Workout Migration Program, free online training sessions and a free series of online classes during this unprecedented time.
Existing GYMGUYZ customers who convert their in-person personal training sessions to remote or online personal training sessions will have them delivered through platforms such as FaceTime and Zoom. Remote sessions are designed to recreate the in-home personal training experience, with dedicated one-on-one instruction for a full hour — and clients earn one free in-person session for every four hours of remote training completed.
GYMGUYZ is also offering an unprecedented Workout Migration Program to those who have gym and fitness program memberships they’re no longer able to use due to business closures and other COVID-19-related restrictions. GYMGUYZ will provide a full credit in the amount of any committed funds to these memberships, to be used for in-home and remote personal training services.
Finally, GYMGUYZ Coastal San Diego is offering absolutely FREE Virtual or Online Workouts and Mindset Boost classes to help their community during this crisis. Classes are tailored to meet a wide range of men, women and children of all ages and abilities.
There’s no reason to shelve your fitness goals during the pandemic. GYMGUYZ can help; we can still design an exercise program that keeps you motivated and helps you reduce stress. Ready to go? Call us at 619-832-1656 to get started.