7 tips to reduce your stress
Stress & Anxiety Management
Stress is affecting a HUGE of amount people (maybe you) nowadays.
Stress can make weight loss more difficult for many people for several reasons. First, stress causes many people to stress eat. Stress eating is a type of emotional eating, which contributes to excess calories and when done often enough causes weight gain. In addition, the types of food people crave when stressed are usually high fat and sugar. Second, stress causes the body to produce more of the hormone cortisol. Cortisol is a stress hormone that promotes body fat and makes it harder to lose weight, especially around the stomach. Third, when someone is stressed they generally sleep less. Less sleep, chronic fatigue causes the hormone ghrelin to rise. Ghrelin is the primary hunger hormone, and causes someone to feel hungry even when they don’t need to eat.
For other people, stress causes weight loss, but not in a good way. For those people that lose their appetite weight loss is unhealthy and can cause dehydration, weakness, and suppresses the immune system. Overall health is negatively affected.
Here are a few ways to reduce stress and live a healthier, happier and more productive life.
1. You can protect your feelings of wellbeing by ensuring that your diet provides adequate amounts of brain nutrients such as essential vitamins and minerals, as well as water.
2. Try not to, or reduce the amount you smoke and drink alcohol.
3. Try and integrate physical exercise into your lifestyle as it can be very effective in relieving stress. Even just going out and getting some fresh air, and taking some light physical exercise, like going for a walk to the shops can really help.
4. Tell yourself that it is okay to prioritise self-care. Are you needing time out but saying 'I just can't take the time off', if so read more about how taking a break is important for good mental health.
5. Mindfulness is a mind-body approach to life that helps us to relate differently to experiences. It involves paying attention to our thoughts and feelings in a way that increases our ability to manage difficult situations and make wise choices.
6. Are you finding you are struggling to sleep? This is a common problem when you’re stressed.
7. Try to keep things in perspective, remember that having a bad day is a universal human experience.