For most of us, stress is a fact of life. Unfortunately, research reveals that it's also a major cause of weight gain. You can exercise your heart out, and eat all the vegetables you want, but if you’re stressed, you’ll never lose weight.
"Even if you usually eat well and exercise, chronic high stress can prevent you from losing weight—or even add pounds," says Pamela Peeke, MD, author of Body for Life for Women.
We are going to explore some very simple but very effective technique to calm and relax your body; giving her the ability to release extra weight.
Connect Yourself to Nature.
Busy and distracted many of us city dwellers have lost our connection to nature completely and this is having a detrimental effect on our peace of mind. We
have parks, and yes, we have trees, but how often are we actually indulging in using them? When is the last time you felt the grass on your feet, climbed a tree or bathed in a stream?
Just spending time in nature can have some incredibly positive effects on your mental health. Breathing in the fresh tree-filtered air, and experiencing the quiet hum of nature can be a remarkably effective way to rid your body of stress.
So next time you’re feeling down go outside, sit under a tree gaze at the stars. If you can’t get out into nature bring nature to you by listening to soundtracks like rain, ocean, or birds.
Where is your favourite place to re-centre and connect with beautiful mother nature?
Moving your muscles is an effective, instant stress reliever. Exercise makes your blood circulate more quickly, transporting the cortisol to your kidneys and flushing it out of your system.
Regular aerobic exercise will bring remarkable changes to your body, your metabolism, your heart, and your spirits. It has a unique capacity to exhilarate and relax, to provide stimulation and calm, to counter depression and dissipate stress.
Exercise reduces levels of the body's stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol. It also stimulates the production of endorphins, chemicals in the brain that are the body's natural painkillers and mood elevators.
Behavioural factors also contribute to the emotional benefits of exercise. As your waistline shrinks and your strength and stamina increase, your self-image will improve.
You'll earn a sense of mastery and control, of pride and self-confidence. Your renewed vigour and energy will help you succeed in many tasks, and the discipline of regular exercise will help you achieve other important lifestyle goals.
Go slowly at meals
Savour each bite
Pay attention to feelings of fullness
One reason many people overeat is that they try to fill up their inner emptiness with food. Sometimes we don’t consciously realize this is happening; but if we look inward, we sense this gnawing sensation in the back of our minds, a discomfort deep in our hearts that we can’t quite pinpoint.
Whether this unhappiness is subtle or more obvious, as, in the case of depression, it can lead us to eat unhealthy and fattening foods or derail us from our healthy intentions.
Yoga relaxation techniques give us a timeout, a few minutes to let go of tension, to relax our bodies and minds, to slow down and take care of ourselves.
It can be the tool we need to begin to understand ourselves and prevent us from overeating.
So, to recap, to maintain an ideal weight reduce your stress levels with these techniques:
connect yourself to nature
use meditation and yoga to relax
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