It does not matter how healthy you think you are, you are still dealing unfairly with more than enough stress that you think you can handle these days. Most of us will agree that it cannot be helped. After all, today’s urban lifestyle is necessarily a busy one, consumed and influenced by long working hours and tight deadlines which ultimately work against you when it comes to preserving your sanity and keeping your body clock in check. Most of us have done well so far. The perception is that we are coping well and, where necessary, have taken measures to allow us to handle the stress of everyday life.
Cancel your gym membership
We’d like to suggest to you right now that the guy who is already taking out all of his frustrations on a rigid, freestanding punching bag in the back of his garden in his garage or even in his bedroom, is already better off than you are. Here’s why. Pressed for time, you’ve taken quick-fix remedies such as vitamin boosters and stress busters (all in pill form) instead of taking your foot off the accelerator and spending a little more care and time over planning and preparing healthy substitutes, mainly in the form of water, freshly-squeezed juice, fruit and vegetables.
The punching guy has already done this, otherwise where did he manage to find all those raging reserves of energy to knock the lifeless lights out of a dummy or bag. As a necessarily social creature, you are still prone to letting off your own steam with colleagues and friends down at the local bar, painting this exercise as team-building. You hardly use it, but you still pride yourself on your annual gym membership. The punching guy cancelled his a long time ago.
Long walks and organic conversations
When you do drag yourself to the gym, usually at the last minute, you end up stressing more by having to stand in long queues, waiting impatiently to use your favorite apparatus. It turns out that this gizmo is everyone else’s favorite too. We wonder why. The freestanding punching bag is not that guy’s only friend. The only queue he stands in these days, and it’s generally not long and usually comes with pleasant banter about all things natural and good for you anyhow, is the organic food produce store.
He walks to the store, and when he’s not skipping rope, he’s taking lots of other slightly longer walks, usually a little ways out of town. Instead of popping pills, he has already taken care of his wholesome dietary needs as well.
Stress levels are reduced exponentially
And did you know that while you’re still stressing over things that you have little control over as well as lifestyle issues you could very well tackle, the punching guy has reduced his stress levels exponentially by doing things the natural and healthy way. One more thing before we go, this guy, a teetotaler and non-smoker, doesn’t need anger management classes either.