Tips to Live Stress-Free: To Be Happier and Healthier
If you feel overwhelmed and are struggling with your health or weight, you’re not alone; millions of people struggle with the same issues day in and day out.
Stress is one of the main causes of unhappiness, ill-health and weight gain; it not only brings about more of what you don’t want, but it also increases your waistline, causes depression & anxiety, lowers your immune system, and zaps your energy.
There’s a reason why you gain weight when you’re stressed because it causes your metabolism to slow down; even if you exercise and eat a low-calorie diet, stress will cause unwanted weight gain.
When you’re stressed, your body goes into “fight or flight” mode, which raises cortisol levels resulting in storing more fat. Stress is also a major reason for increased emotional eating and binging, which guarantees a bigger pant size if left unchecked.
Cortisol is known as the “stress hormone”. It’s produced by the adrenal glands, which are located on top of on either side of your kidneys. Cortisol has its place, it’s necessary to regulate the metabolism; however, a high level of cortisol does not aid in better health or a smaller waist.
During periods of intense stress cortisol levels increase dramatically, which lowers your metabolic rate, which means, the food you eat mostly ends up as stored energy—AKA fat.
Stress is also linked to an increased appetite and food cravings, particularly sugary, salty, and fatty foods that distracts you from your worries and cares; thus creating a reprieve from your stressful life. Eating simple carbs raises your blood sugar quickly, which increases feel-good hormones for a brief moment, only to feel awful again shortly afterward.
That’s why you crave “comfort foods” when you’re stressed. It is your body’s way of trying to adapt to high levels of stress and cortisol in the body.
You may be wondering, what can be done to avoid stress? In today’s busy lifestyle, stress management is a must for good health, and to support healthy body weight. It is essential to distress regularly to live happier and healthier.
Below are tips to help you distress and become more carefree, and in the process will help you shed unwanted weight with less effort.
Follow these six tips to distress:
You deserve to live happier and healthier, after all, that's how you were created to be. Make it a point to create new habits that uplift your body, mind and spirit to distress daily by following these simple tips to live a stress-free life.
About the AuthorCarol Whitaker is the author of Ridiculously Happy! The Secret to Manifesting the Life & Body of Your Dreams. Carol understands firsthand what it’s like to overcome chronic ill health to that of thriving both personally and professionally. She is a highly sought after Life Coach, and is well-known for the amazing transformations she creates in her clients’ lives. Carol is a Motivational Speaker and is passionate about inspiring men and women to live a ridiculously happy and successful life. Carol is an ongoing featured expert on national media and online websites. She is dedicated to helping people accomplish their dreams. Carol is happily married mother of three. Connect with Carol on Facebook to receive her health, fitness & happiness tips and by following her on Twitter. Visit CarolWhitaker.com to learn more about her transformation services, along with tools to discover how to unleash your power within to live the life of your dreams.