Managing stress naturally to support weight loss

stress and weight gain

Stress is directly or indirectly responsible for all chronic illnesses, including excess weight and obesity.

Stress can result from a lot of everyday happenings, such as chronic worry, negative thinking or ‘catastrophizing’ (by imagining the worst possible scenario that can happen), not sleeping well, not eating well, suppressing and ignoring problems as opposed to expressing and addressing them, toxic work environments, abusive relationships, procrastinating, etc. The list goes on and on …

However, there are natural stress relief techniques you can learn to manage and practice throughout your day to help manage weight problems and to avoid developing serious dis-ease.

What is stress?

Stress is the perception of a psychological or physical threat. It may or may not be based on real danger. Mostly it is in our imagination, provoked by worry or anxiousness about things going wrong in the future or about dealing with challenging situations.

What are the reactions to stress?

You will know you are stressed if you experience:

  • fear, which leads to anxiety.

  • anger, leading to hostility, resentment, grievances and vengeful thoughts.

  • guilt, which leads to shame.

If you are not managing these reactions to stress, they can lead to dis-ease, with emotional, physical and behavioral consequences that can eventually lead to serious illnesses.

The symptoms of stress

Emotional symptoms:

  • Lack of concentration

  • Confusion

  • Disorientation

  • Memory loss

  • Fatigue

  • Panic attacks.

Physical symptoms:

  • Skin eruptions

  • Musculo-skeletal disorders

  • Pain

  • Listlessness

  • Teeth grinding

  • Sleep disorders

  • Irritable bowel syndrome

  • Gastrointestinal disorders, leaky gut

  • Headaches

  • Heart palpitations

  • Metabolic disorders

  • Alzheimers

  • Inflammation, which can lead to arthritis and joint problems

  • Immune dysfunction, which can lead to cancer

  • Lung problems

Behavioral symptoms:

  • Alcohol and drug abuse (self medication)

  • Aggression

Being aware is the first step to managing stress. You can then manage your stress with easy and pleasant activities that will benefit you and help you to avoid expensive medical bills.

Natural stress management techniques you can practice daily:

  • Deep breathing routines
  • Mindfulness and meditation
  • Chanting mantras
  • Listening to music you love
  • Watching something funny or a feel good movie about love
  • Practicing gratitude.
  • Keep a journal: write down what stresses you out, then cross it out with a red pen.
  • Physical exercise.
  • Connect with a friend by talking to them in person.
  • Playing with a pet.

Do you identify with any of the signs or symptoms of stress mentioned above?

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