How To Overcome An Emotional Breakdown

We all have them, right? Those days where we just feel like giving up.

You may just have started a new project and it isn’t working out the way you would like it to be. You just started exercising again but not seeing the results yet you so wished for. In the beginning you are beyond excited, filled with motivation and then suddenly you feel frustrated, exhausted, tired and just ask yourself why the heck you are doing this.

First of all let me tell you: this is totally normal, we all suffer from it every now and then, even the best of the best.
They just know how to handle it.

I want to share with you what I do when I feel like this, so that you soon will be back on track and continue being amazing.

 

1. STOP DOING WHATEVER IT IS YOU’RE DOING.

Close your eyes and take a deep breath.
Know that it is ok to take a short break – sometimes we need to take a step back and focus on something else in order to move forward.

The more you convince yourself to do a certain thing the worse it gets.
This also might be a very good time to go and take a walk and get some fresh air.

WITHOUT your phone!!

Fresh air is a good way to clear your mind and thoughts and to become more focused again.

 

2. REMEMBER WHY YOU STARTED.

What is your goal, what good will happen after you finish your project?

Focus on the positive side of things and the feeling you will get after accomplished.

Go get yourself a reward after you reached half term, or just set smaller goals for each week and reward yourself when achieving those – it is less overwhelming and will keep you motivated.

 

3. CALL A POSITIVE FRIEND OR SOMEONE WHO IS A GOOD LISTENER.

Sometimes it helps when we just talk about our struggles and maybe the two of you can brainstorm about what can bring you closer to your goal/why and where you’re stuck.

Two heads are better than one, right?

That is why I love Masterminds and group programs – when saying things out loud we become much clearer and often times find an answer straight away, as well as having people around us who can see our situation from a different perspective.

 

4. DO SOME MINDSET WORK.

Now this one is truly underestimated.

In situations like these it is important to gain back your creativity and motivation. Take some time to read a motivational book, watch a motivational video, something like that.
Also write down what you want. Be specific. Write it as detailed as possible.

I love to switch of with meditation – might that be actual mediation or a form of color meditation, yoga, journaling – it really depends on my mood.

 

5. HIRE A COACH OR AN ASSISTANT

If it comes to the worst and you just feel like you can’t handle it on your own: go and hire someone to help you out. This might be a coach, an assistant, whatever suits your situation. Maybe even someone to clean your house or does your laundry to give you some extra time?

We are triggered to be superwoman and superman – but really we do not need to proove anything to anyone and sometimes getting help can be such a relief and get your mojo back on track!

 

 

 

.. now it is your turn: What do you do when you feel stuck and feel like giving up? Tell us in the comments!

Why Food Might Increase Your Stress Level More Than You Think

Life has never been easier, yet it has never been harder.
And being told to reduce stress is falling on deaf ears lately, as it has become almost a neutral part of our everyday life.

We live in a fast paced, too exhausting, and too demanding world.

What we think, how we feel and how long we think it or feel those emotions will determine our health and well being.

Stress gets dismissed as not being “real”, yet it can be seen as an epidemic. Where faster seems better and where we overload our plates on a daily basis (and I’m not only talking about our food plate here).

Stress is a normal reaction to exciting events, like falling in love, going on vacation, or buying a home. However, it is also a hard-wired survival technique built into your body as a means of protection.

When we are under constant pressure and stress, our adrenal glands release hormones like adrenaline and cortisol that flood our systems, raising our heart rate, increasing our blood pressure, making our blood more likely to clot, damaging our brain’s memory center and increasing belly fat storage.

When the body continues to function in this hard-wired state and doesn’t fully return to it’s resting stage it comes to a point where your emergency resources are depleted and the body starts to shut down.

Food can have a huge impact and affect on our stress hormones and responses. What we eat as well as the way we eat creates a ripple effect for every area of our life.

In order to reduce stress start with your diet first.

When you are stressed, the last thing your body and brain need is a dose of caffeine (especially in combination with sugar). Drnking a ridiculous amount of caffeine beverages throughout the day to help you push through actually causes more trouble by the time bedtime rolls around than if we don’t. You will be more exhausted, more irritable and struggle more to fall asleep – which will increase your stress levels even more.

Cut the artificial crap.

Artificial foods and flavours are very good at increasing the level of stress hormones. As much as you may crave them when you are stressed out, processed foods and simple carbs, like chips or pretzels, push cortisol levels up and bring the mood down.

Next time you are stressed and crave junk food, swap the stress stimulators out for soothing alternatives.

Some of my favourites are:

  • Herbal tea or green juice. This will help revive, re-energize, and replenish your energy reserve.
  • Fruits, like apples (amazing with almond butter) and berries are a great source of fibre, vitamins and folic acids.
  • Dark chocolate; can help reduce levels of cortisol in the blood (and is even better when you melt it and dip in your fruit)

Another tip:

  • Practice calming activities, plan ahead, learn to prioritise your tasks (and delegate whenever possible) and, almost most importantly, love more!