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Recently it has dawned on me the necessity to exercise regularly, but I am highly over-pushing myself to do it, and its causing me to stress out about doing it. I've been doing it consistently for the past months, but every day that I miss (which I rarely do, normally I'm just feeling sick), I knock myself down morally. Just in life in general I knock myself down whenever I don't do something right, And I hate it. I can barely stop doing it to. I'm completely lost, is there any tips out there for situations like this?

TL;DR I need help with over-disciplining myself.

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What are your "stress" symptoms? – MaxB May 24 '14 at 20:13
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It is not the lack of working out that causes stress, it is the broken agreement you made with yourself to work out as much as you do.

In order to reduce stress you could renegotiate that agreement with yourself to include some down time.

If discipline is a personal strength of yours use it to your advantage. Use discipline to abide by your agreement with yourself to allow for rest and recuperation.

Your body needs some downtime to properly rebuild strength anyway

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I have the exact same problem.

The problem is that you think that taking no rest is good. I once ran 100 days, every day, with no resting days. I have now been recovering for a year from the injury I got from it.

You can use the excess discipline to work for you! Allow yourself to agree that having enough rest is not only good, but crucial. You must be disciplined in your rest too.

For example: Be disciplined enough to take at least 2 rest days per week. This way, when you 'over'-push yourself to work out the other days, it won't be unhealthy and easier to keep it up.

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Two whole days ? I would feel like missing really much time where I could be productive ^^ – Ibrahim Apachi May 30 '14 at 9:29
If we're talking about sports, the two days of rest ARE productive. If you don't give your body time to rest, it's going to fail at some point, and you'll be unproductive for much longer. – Syd Kerckhove May 30 '14 at 10:48
Oh, I didn't know it's about sports right here, sorry – Ibrahim Apachi May 30 '14 at 11:31

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