While stress is an unavoidable part of our lives, too much of it can have a huge impact on your health and weight. It is important for your overall well-being that you manage your stress and this week I want to share with you some simple techniques to help you ‘cope’ better:
Talk Kindly to Yourself
Self-talk is one way to deal with stress. Self-talk can be positive (such as ‘I can do this’ or ‘Don’t worry, things will work out’) or negative (e.g. ‘I will never lose weight’ or ‘I really am so stupid sometimes’). Negative self-talk increases your stress levels. Positive self-talk helps you calm down and control stress. With practice, you can learn to turn negative thoughts into positive ones. For example, instead of saying ‘This is impossible, I can’t do this’ change your self-talk to ‘I will do the best I can’. To help you feel better, practice positive self-talk every day — in the car, at your desk, before you go to bed or whenever you notice negative thoughts beginning to creep into your mind.
Emergency Stress Stoppers
There are many stressful situations — at work, on the road and even at home. This is where emergency stress stoppers help you deal with stress that you may be dealing with right NOW! You may need different stress stoppers for different situations and sometimes it helps to combine them. Here are some great techniques to try when you find yourself in a stressful situation:
- Count to 10 before you speak.
- Take three to five deep breaths.
- Walk away from the stressful situation, and deal with it later.
- Go for a walk.
Doing ‘Feel Good’ Activities
When stress is beginning to get on top of you, take time out to do something that makes you feel good. Doing things you enjoy is a natural way to fight off stress. You don’t have to do a lot to find pleasure. Try to do at least one thing every day that you enjoy, even if you only do it for 15 minutes. This may be starting an art project (adult colouring books are great if you are not very ‘arty), reading a book or magazine, catching up with friends etc.
Regular Time Out
Relaxation is more than sitting in your favourite chair watching TV. To relieve stress, relaxation should calm the tension in your mind and body. Some good forms of relaxation are yoga, tai chi and meditation. Deep breathing is a form of relaxation you can learn and practice at home.
The Natural Way has a holistic approach to your weight loss: this means it’s not just about the food you eat! We analyse your lifestyle and make healthy modifications where necessary so you get the best weight loss results. Not only that, by implementing these changes, you will have the best chance of long term success in keeping your weight off. To find out more about our fabulous program, call The Natural Way today on 1300 SLIMMER (1300 754663) OR visit our website www.thenaturalway.com.au