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Exhaustion, Stress… and Kanye West?

How a pop culture icon’s recent personal struggles can help you realize that it’s time to slow down, take a deep breath, and rid yourself of some stress.

By now we’ve probably all read the headlines of Kanye West being hospitalized for a “mental breakdown.” While there have been countless reports and tasteless jokes, it is important to not make any conclusions regarding his mental health without having any medical insight. That being said, exhaustion and stress from a busy work schedule and personal life appear to be a common thread regarding West, highlighting issues that many of us may face. You and I may not understand West’s level of public scrutiny, but who hasn’t felt justifiably overworked and overstressed? These headlines have opened the conversation for us to talk openly about these feelings.

Work is a common cause of stress in our lives. Almost two-thirds of Canadians are working more than 45 hours a week, 50% more than two decades ago, according to a 2012 report. On top of the hours commuting to-and-from work, 

preparing meals, daily chores, and no province with a minimum wage currently above $14/hr., it’s no surprise that plenty of people feel stressed and exhausted at the end of the work week.

A poll conducted for the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation  revealed that 44% of respondents said they have no time for healthy physical activity; 41% said that healthy meals take too long to prepare. In addition to the mental and emotional stress, the physical manifestations of stress also take their toll on a person. But how can we help ourselves avoid a type of extreme mental and physical burnout?

These tips and tricks below just might be what you need to stay on the healthy track:

Let It Out 

Allowing the stress to build up inside of you is unhealthy, obviously. We need to release it somehow; how about a good, loud, stress-relieving scream? “Scream therapy” can have a very cathartic and even therapeutic effect. Now, you want to do this in a place where you won’t alarm any passersby. Some suggestions would be: in a car, into a pillow, or on a hike in the mountains.

Meaningful Meditation

This may seem like the most popular method to destress in every Google search regarding the subject, but that’s because it actually works. Researchers report that those who meditated for about 30 minutes a day for eight weeks had measurable changes in gray-matter density in parts of the brain associated with memory, sense of self, empathy and stress. Don’t knock it ‘til you try it!

Fitness & Food

Overtime work hours can make it more difficult to eat healthy and stay fit. Easy-to-prepare foods and snacks like energy boosting smoothies and hearty soups can be made ahead of time for grab-and-go situations. For fitness, there are great suggestions for exercises that you can do at your desk. Check out some of my favorites in this link.

In addition to the above tips and techniques, don’t forget about de-stressing supplements that use herbs and nutrients, like Ortho Adapt Vegan; which is designed to help the body deal with stress more effectively, by stimulating the adrenal glands and helping to prevent adrenal insufficiency.

Okay I admit that not everyone feels like they can relate to Kanye West, in any instance, but he is still a human-being who is capable of being overworked. We all have our own personal limits. Before you get to that “breaking point,” stop and remember that self-care is just as important as a pay check.

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