Life is stressful. No matter what you do, there will always be deadlines, inconveniences, time crunches, and negative interactions with others. This is especially true during the holiday season. This is the time of year when stress can be overwhelming. And it can easily lead to overeating and weight gain. There’s no way to avoid it, but, there are some things you can do to reduce it. Here are a few stress-reducing tips to help you get through the holidays – or any time of the year – without turning to food for comfort.
Plan. Allow enough time to do the things you need to get done. Do not cut your time as this will cause undue stress. Simply plan ahead, and do not forget to make time for eating. Missing meals and snacks are a sure fire way to gain weight.
Discriminate. Rather than focusing on the negative, choose to focus on the positive aspects of your life, and keep things in perspective. Be thankful for family, friends, and loved ones who have a positive influence on you; and share your feelings of gratitude. Not only will this have a calming effect on you; it will make others feel good, too.
Laugh. Make a point to laugh every day. Laughter has a powerful effect on health and well-being. It relieves tension and stress, strengthens the immune system, elevates mood, and provides a quick energy boost. So the next time you feel stressed, have a good laugh. It relieves stress better than food, and it will not cause weight gain.
Socialize.Spend time with people who give you a sense of belonging and purpose, and have some fun with them. This type of meaningful interaction can provide all the stress relief you need.
Sleep. Adequate sleep can enhance well-being and decrease irritability and stress. It is extremely beneficial to maintain a sleep routine in order to perform your best on a daily basis. Furthermore, research shows that if you do not sleep enough you are much more likely to overeat and gain weight.
Breathe. Breathing deeply and altogether is one of the most effective stress reducers there is. Not only is it relaxing, deep breathing has been scientifically proven to have a positive effect on immunity and digestion both of which are crucial in maintaining a healthy weight.
Exercise. Exercise is known to boosts endorphins, and when your endorphins are high, you cope better with stress. Something as simple as a 20-minute walk around the block can boost your mood for up to 12 hours. Another added benefit of exercise is that it will rev up your metabolism throughout the rest of the day helping you to burn calories and lose weight.
Eat. Eat healthy food that will help you to stay healthily. Research has proven that a combination of poor diet and stress is the reason why some people become obese. This eventually leads to health problems like high blood pressure and diabetes.