Sometimes I find myself clinching my jaw and I feel the stress starting to build up… there are so many things to get done, the list seems to keep expanding! Have you ever felt that way?
…Then you step on the scale after doing everything you think you need to do lose weight and get healthier, only to see that your weight hasn’t changed and you wonder what the heck is going on??? Well, stress can be a burden on your body, mind and soul. Stress causes physical and mental fatigue, inflammation, brain fog, hormone issues, weight loss resistance and SO much more. When you’re stressed it affects your physical, mental and emotional well-being.
Over the years I’ve found some of the most amazing, simple secrets to reduce stress and not only stay at my ideal weight, but also quickly shift my body, mind and soul into the present moment with ease. Kicking stress to the curb!
Here are 3 simple shifts that help keep the body, mind and spirit in check reducing stress even when things seem to be a little crazy:
- Body: Exercise is one of my favorite stress releasers. When we get too ‘busy’ exercise is the thing we cut off the list. Exercise awakens the brain’s feel good neurotransmitters that help reduce stress. Even 10 minutes of movement can improve and reduce stress. Create or find a workout/routine that works for you. Mix it up with some high intensity interval training combining strength training and cardiovascular moves. Only got 10 minutes? Here’s a link to my 10 Minute HIIT workout.
- Mind: Slow down at meals and chew your food. Often when we are stressed, we eat fast which affects our digestion, health and weight. This simple change has helped me become present, reduce stress and start losing weight. Begin by taking a normal size bite of your meal and really chew your food. Chew your food until it is almost liquid. Take a moment between bites, be present (maybe count to 10) take note of your food, company and/or surroundings with gratitude.
- Soul: Stop and breathe. This one tip can reduce your stress in minutes! Try this 3 or more times a day: Sit and make yourself comfortable. Roll your shoulders back and sit up tall. Take a deep breath in through your nose, fill your lungs and hold it for 3-5 seconds. Exhale out through your mouth and hold for 3-5 seconds. Repeat up to 5 times.
- Bonus Tip: Stay Hydrated with water! Studies show that being dehydrated can increase your cortisol levels which can cause an increase in weight. In general, you should try to drink between half an ounce to an ounce of water for every pound you weigh, every day.