Stress Management is essential to healthy living, which is why I created the Cost Value Equation. Having the right mindset is just as important as healthy eating.
Energy is the most valuable resource of all. Humans only have so much energy to spend. Oftentimes, we devote too much energy to work, finances, and relationships. Overspending in one area creates a deficit, forcing other areas to work harder, creating an imbalance. The result is stress caused by asking your cells, in your body, to work harder than they are designed to. You’re constantly trying to make up for the deficit. Hence, stress.
The Cost Value Equation is a method I devised to manage stress.
Breaking down the Cost Value Equation into its simplest conceptual form, its principle is to analyze each and every life choice and ensure that it adds value to your life. We are faced with countless choices throughout each day. Every choice results in a consequence that either yield a positive or negative result that, in turn, affects energy. As part of the decision or choice making process, you settle on a choice, and you accept its requirements and follow through. However, we often make choices that don’t have value. For instance, we choose to overreact in the face of chaos or problems, and the consequences outweigh the benefits. As a result, we are set back and expend unnecessary energy. We create stress because we can’t compensate for the overspending of energy.
Following this example, by not overreacting, we accept the cost of inconvenience and focus our energy somewhere else. Ultimately, we move forward instead of backward. A healthy lifestyle relies on long-term vision, planning, and careful choice making. As part of the Cost Value Equation, weigh out the costs of your actions to your health and make decisions accordingly.
The 6 Pillars of the Cost Value Equation maintain our equilibrium: Mental and Emotional Expenditure, Breathing, Eating Habits, Exercise, Hydration, and Sleep. If any of these are imbalanced, the body is required to work harder. That extra expenditure results in stress. If you balance each on a daily basis, you will mitigate stress.
This is how I advise my clients to manage stress.