Ways To Reduce Your Stress To Lose Weight Faster
There’s no question that, medically speaking, stress is unhealthy for you on multiple levels, and can actually cause you to gain weight, or at least make losing weight extremely difficult.
If you’re trying to drop a few pounds, but you find yourself dealing with a lot of day-to-day stressors, it might be a good idea for you to focus on reducing stress before you focus on losing weight.
In many cases, activities that help you lose weight can also be helpful in reducing stress; however, keep in mind that a high percentage of the stress you feel is much more connected to where you are mentally than physically.
That’s not to say that your physical condition can’t be impacted by stress (and vice versa), but a big part of eliminating stress starts in your own mind and outlook on life.
In that case, what you need to do is find ways to reduce stress that also calm your mind and help you focus on the things that really matter, while avoiding stress triggers. By doing this, you will be able to avoid gaining the weight that you have worked so hard to lose.
Here are a few ways to get started:
Yoga: Initially, you could start with simple meditation before incorporating yoga into your routine. The most important thing to remember here is to relax and calm your mind, which is exactly what yoga is designed to do.
Taking that first step of focusing on positive things and eliminating your stress is the hardest part, but yoga can give you a simple and effective way of getting the ball rolling.
Regular massages: Getting massages on a regular basis can be very beneficial to your health. In fact, there are few things that do a better job of relieving stress than getting a massage, so a couple weeks of two to three sessions at a professional Miami spa might be well worth your hard-earned money.
Changing your diet: It might not seem this way, but your diet bears a tremendous amount of responsibility for how much stress is in your life. The bottom line is that you can either eat what is beneficial to your body, or you can eat in a way that causes your body to store fat. The more fat your body stores, the more difficult it will be for your body to digest, ultimately making you feel tired, anxious and stressed.
Take the time to figure out what you need to be eating and what you should avoid. If you follow a strict diet, you’ll more than likely notice a difference in how you feel within a few days, and will see significant improvement in a matter of weeks.
Adding a new fitness routine: Daily exercise always has a positive effect on how we feel, due largely in part because it releases endorphins that give us a more energized and positive outlook on life.
Make sure that you’re engaging in at least 30 to 45 minutes of exercise every day. It doesn’t have to be overly intensive, but just get your body moving and be sure to present some modest challenges for yourself so that you can improve over time.
Breaking the Correlation Between your Stress and Weight
Once you’ve cut the cord between your stress and extra weight, you can start to focus on losing weight without the added deterrent of constant stress. While it’s true that everyone will have stress in their lives at one point or another, chronic or constant stress shouldn’t happen and needs to be address before and while you’re tackling any kind of weight problem.
About the Author:
Marcela De Vivo is a freelance writer, yoga enthusiast and mother of three in Southern California. With a healthy diet and regular yoga routine, she is able to keep her stress levels down while still being able to lose weight. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter today!