After almost a week and a half of resting, I’m back to lifting again. I am almost two years into consistent weightlifting and was reflecting on times earlier in my life when I decided to give up exercise. The reason I always had for quitting was it caused more stress than it alleviated. That’s a mistake! Although I felt fine the first few weeks of being sedentary, my stress levels began to rise. My heart would beat at an alarming rate just from simple interactions with heightened emotional energy. It took a few tries to realize that I have much better control of stressful situations when I consistently manage stress through exercise.