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Stress can have a profound impact on our health. Not only does it impact our emotional state; it can damage us physically as well. Stress is linked to problems such as high blood pressure and cardiovascular damage. And, as we know, many people experience cravings during periods of stress. This can lead to trouble, especially for those following a weight loss plan.
Clearly, learning to manage stress is important for your overall well-being… But what will work for you? Everyone responds to stress management tactics differently, but the following five methods are often effective for most people.
Start off on the right foot. Stress often begins in the morning and then builds throughout the day. Create a morning routine that soothes you, such as beginning the day with warm tea, yoga, or a few quiet moments of reading. Avoid activities that trigger stress, such as paying bills.
Meditation. Even ten minutes per day can make an enormous difference for many people. Choose a quiet time to relax, focus on your breath, and clear your mind.
Get personal. We often forget that human beings are social creatures, and we become stressed when deprived of personal contact. Social media and texting just won’t do the trick. Resolve to include more in-person social time into your schedule. Meet a friend for coffee, make a hiking date, or simply hug a friend when parting ways.
Write it out. Journaling can help with emotions, and making lists can help you organize chores. Sometimes, simply writing down the source of your stress and then crossing it out with a big red X can help! Yes, it sounds silly, but it’s a way to subconsciously process the feelings and “kick them out” of your life.
Exercise. Exercise releases endorphins, which trigger positive feelings. And if you exercise outdoors, you can reap the benefits of sunshine and fresh air.
If stress is affecting your weight loss plan, or if you’re worried about the health consequences, schedule an appointment with us. We can help you adjust your nutrition and exercise plan, and make referrals to other services that might help you.