Wednesday, January 19, 2022

The Stress Test



Crystal Manjarres

B9-CBN-1-23-15-16Now that the holidays are over and done with, many people breathe in a collective sigh of relief.

Glad that the treats and eats are no longer around. Glad that there are no more presents to wrap or gifts to buy. Glad there are no more parties to partake in. Glad the traveling is over. And so on.

So many people welcome January with open arms, high hopes and healthy food in the fridge. Smiles and good intentions — for the first few weeks anyways.

What people don’t realize is that life continues on pretty much exactly as it had before Jan. 1. For some reason, we idealize a brand new life on the other side of the new year, and there’s nothing wrong with that, as long as we acknowledge that there will still be some hiccups and snafus. Traffic will make you late to work; a meeting runs overtime; you forget to bring your kids lunch to school; you missed three workouts in a row because of A, B and C.

It’s ok! Every day has joys and stress, happy moments and not so happy moments. The key is to focus on the now — how you can best respond to a situation — and not to compare yourself to anyone because there is no such thing as another you. It’s like a shoe wanting to be



a hairbrush. It makes no sense, and they each serve their own intended purpose. Trying to be anything (or in this case anyone) else is futile and frustrating to say the least.

Do your best to be your best every day in every way and that’s it. Don’t let an upset cause you to inhale that piece of cake. Don’t let a bad day talk you out of that Pilates class. Don’t let anyone take away your joy.

Prep for your day as much as possible the night before, and write out what needs to be done in order of priority in order to decrease stress when you wake up. When things don’t go according to plan, take a deep breath, pray and figure out what you can do to remedy the situation.

Controlling stress is so good for your entire body. You can eat healthy and workout all you want, but if you’re an emotional mess, it counteracts all the benefits. Take care of you — the world needs your joy!


Crystal Manjarres is the owner of One-On-One Fitness, a private personal training and Pilates studio for men and women on Marco Island. She is a Certified Personal Trainer, Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Colon Hydrotherapist and Stott Pilates certified instructor. Her focus is “empowering men and women of all shapes and sizes.” To send in a question, email She can also be reached at or and 239-333-5771.

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