Stress impacts absolutely every area of our lives. From our relationships to our work performance to our mental health, stress can negatively impact much of each day. Stress can even impact physical health, for a number of reasons. For those following a weight loss plan, stress hormones can interfere by lowering energy, slowing down metabolism, and sparking cravings for unhealthy foods.
Obviously, addressing your stress is one of the most important things you can do for your health and happiness. And as a bonus, you’ll see better results from a weight loss plan, too! So take these five steps to get your stress under control.
Begin the day right. Institute a morning routine that feels soothing to you, and helps you start off the day feeling calm and centered. This might involve warm tea, a short yoga routine, a brisk walk, or something else that energizes and fills you with positive feelings.
Make real connections. Often we focus on social media for our social lives, because we all feel too busy for in-person connections. But biologically, digital interactions just aren’t the same. Make time for lunch with a friend or simply chat with a stranger in line at the grocery store. Even a brief connection will boost your mood.
Try meditation. Much of our stress originates with the hectic way in which we live our lives. Just as you do with exercise, prioritize regular daily meditation sessions by including it on your schedule. Even fifteen minutes can work wonders.
Process your feelings. Simply writing down your feelings can help you process them, or you might feel more supported by speaking with a close friend or therapist. The point is to get the feelings out somehow; express them, recognize them, and then identify ways to deal with them.
Exercise. Exercise won’t just aid your weight loss plan; the endorphins will make you feel good and give you more energy for the rest of the day.
If you have any other questions about stress with regard to your weight loss plan, give us a call. We can help you identify problem areas in your daily habits and find a resolution.