Want to be fitter and slimmer? Stress less

Want to be fitter and slimmer? Stress less

Stress is your enemy when it comes to healthy living. Sure, when it comes to meeting deadlines, and being in competition, a little is good for us. But de-stressing on a daily basis is really important.

Being anxious and stressful has a whole host of knock on effects which are bad for your health.

When you’re stressed you snack more, generally as a source of comfort, and snacking as we all know is bad for the waist-line.

When we get stressed, the body produces adrenaline – this hormone increases food cravings, so it’s no wonder we keep reaching for the biscuits when under pressure.

Too much stress can also be totally overwhelming, and that feeling de-motivates us. When you’re stressed it’s easier to just hide yourself away feeling like everything’s too much. It’s less likely that you’ll do something productive like go to the gym or even just head out for a walk.

Physical stress, when you are exercising, is actually a good thing for your body as it helps you to get fitter. But when you are already dealing with mental stress, your workout becomes less effective. At times of great mental stress you are more likely to hurt yourself physically at the gym because you are not prepared for the workout, and a lack of sleep will also inhibit your recovery time.

It’s all very well saying stress is bad when it comes to your health and wellbeing, but how are you going to get it under control?

Here are a few tips to help you along the path to less stress:

  1. Take two minutes each day to do absolutely nothing. It’s harder than it sounds. It means no phone, no checking emails, no anything. Just be still, in a comfortable position and relax.
  2. Practice meditation. Many people swear by different types of meditation. Essentially it’s about clearing your mind and finding a space in which you can be restful.
  3. Prepare for good sleep. Sleep is so important so make sure you get it right. Try a hot bath before bed, and sprinkle some lavender oil on your pillow. Also ensure the room is fully dark.

Now...... breathe!

 


The Author

Laura Briggs

Laura loves running, Pilates and Yoga, and is forever trying to find the time to fit these activities into her life around a busy family. When she's got time to herself you might find her knitting, or in the kitchen trying out an elaborate recipe - healthy of course!.

Comments

Roger B.
27 September 2015

Roger B.

some really wise words about being extra-careful in your workout if you are under mental pressure. Taking out anger on yourself by overdoing it can really bite back.

Olga N.
17 September 2015

Olga N.

Exercise and sleep are out stress busters - it's so easy for reach for the wrong foods though and then you end up getting more stressed - it's not hard to see how people get trapped in an unhealthy cycle.

craig t.
17 September 2015

craig t.

"When you're stressed you snack me". Yep, this is me! If I've had a hard day all I want to do is slouch in front of tv, eat crisps and drink beer.

Emma C.
17 September 2015

Emma C.

I have just done what you advised and taken 2 minutes to do nothing. It was really hard! My mind was desperately trying to get me to do something or to worry about something. Quite insightful actually. I sort of had a glimpse of how stress grows if I listen to all my thoughts.

Callum M.
16 September 2015

Callum M.

Stress can become quite debilitating. It's really de-motivating and can stop you getting out. Good ideas to try and relax

Matthew C.
16 September 2015

Matthew C.

When I get stressed I find exercise helps a lot. Stress for me is often anxiety-driven, and having a physical outlet for all those swirling thoughts makes me feel a lot better, albeit temporarily.

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