Instead of comfort food, try these tips.
By Kathleen M. Zelman, MPHWebMD Weight Loss Clinic-Feature
Do you turn to food whenever you're stressed out? Stress-related food behaviors can be changed. Here are 10 tips to help you find better ways to deal with stress:
Fit in fitness every day. Getting regular physical activity works wonders in coping with stress. Give your stress to the pavement or the treadmill and let it go from your body. Staying active in winter elevates your mood and reduces stress.
Enjoy natural sunlight, especially in the winter. It can be depressing to be stuck indoors during the shortened days of winter, but a brisk walk in the sunshine can be a real mood enhancer.
Keep up your journal every day. Self-monitoring your food, fitness, and emotional feelings is an excellent way to become more aware of your triggers and behavioral patterns.
Don't deprive yourself of enjoying the foods you love, for this only leads to bingeing. Instead, plan to eat a small portion of the desired foods, eat it slowly, and savor every mouthful.
Visit our community boards regularly and let your friends and professional staff help you. Research has shown that staying connected is one of the most important aspects of dealing with stress and sticking to your eating plan.
Identify the situations that cause overeating and develop a list of how you will handle these challenges. Be realistic. Talk it over with your buddies that face similar stressors to find realistic solutions that will help you manage the stress.
Relax. Give yourself 15 minutes each day of peace and quiet, a time to be reflective, meditate, or simply unwind. Soaking in a hot bubble bath can help release your troubles into thin air.
Be good to yourself. Have a list of motivational sayings that inspire and strengthen your resolve. Use affirmations daily to help you feel good about yourself and your mission to lose weight.
Eat healthfully. Proper nutrition promotes health, well-being, and rejuvenation, which in turn enhances your resilience to stress. "
Here is the second in this series....
"There are two lessons that everyone needs to learn in order to be healthy. The first lesson is that stress is a natural and necessary part of life. We feel stress when we feel threatened or when we sense something is causing us to feel unsettled or unbalanced. It is normal. The second lesson that we need to learn is that too much stress can be detrimental to our health. Which is why learning how to de-stress is important.
There are simple things that you can do each day to help your mind unwind so that your body can relax and recuperate from the events of the day. Below are a few different de-stressing exercises that you can do that will help you feel better almost instantly.
Tip One: Take a Stroll
It doesn't matter if it is only for a couple of minutes. Walk away, walk outside, take a walk around the office building. Just get away and breathe, change your focus to the birds singing, the funny lady answering the phone, the way the leaves blow in the wind. Get out, get away and change your focus.
Tip Two: Meditate
When you meditate you force your mind to let go and not focus on anything other than your breathing. We all struggle letting go of things, especially when they hit a nerve and we haven't been able to come a resolution on it. Meditation takes that all away. You can meditate to go to your "happy place," or meditate and focus on the way your body takes air in and out. The goal is for you to feel better. Incidentally, mediation doesn't have to take hours. You can meditate for only minutes and it can be just as effective.
Tip Three: Listen to Your Favorite Tunes
Music sets a mood, it can make you cry, it can make you sing, it can make you feel good. Keep a CD of your favorite feel good music handy and whenever you are feeling stressed pop the CD in and listen to a song or two. If you are on your way home from work, pop the CD in and play it full blast on the way home. Let the music take over.
Tip Four: Sip Some Herbal Tea
When we are stressed the last thing in the world we need is caffeine, so skip the can of cola or the cup of coffee and opt for one of your favorite herbal teas. Chamomile is especially nice when you are trying to relax, so is peppermint or "sleepy time" tea.
Tip Five: Breathe
Sometimes all you have to do is stop long enough to breathe. Take a nice deep breath. Slow deep breath in and slow deep breath out. The oxygen will help everything in your body open up and relax, re-energizing you so that you can face the rest of your day with a clear head.
I have even more tips for you but I couldn't fit them all to this article. That's why I have a whole book for you about how to eliminate stress. You can download it here: http://howtoeliminatestress.com/ - I promise you: If you follow my tips, you WILL get rid of your stress. See you there. :)
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Take a swim in a kiddie pool and you too can look happy and relaxed like this little guy....
Have a good belly laugh by renting your favorite funny movie over again or reading hilarious funny books....
Look all around you, there are funny things everywhere ...even sign people can be your friendly comedians....
Always remember to take your 'happy pills' even if they are pretend and do it with your pretend friends and then have a pretend party...CAUTION: This just might NOT be one that you would like to share the joy with in a large crowd!!
Last, but MOST definitely NOT least is prayer and joyful prayer! Although not recorded in Holy Scripture, Jesus must have laughed several times...one I can think of off the top of my head might have been when Jesus saw Zacchaeus had climbed way up in that tree to see Jesus better! Trying praying to your Maker a different way...with a SMILE on your face as you are praying...
Psalm 100:1 A Psalm for Thanksgiving. Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth.
Isaiah 44:23 Shout for joy, O heavens, for the LORD has done it! Shout joyfully, you lower parts of the earth; Break forth into a shout of joy, you mountains, O forest, and every tree in it; For the LORD has redeemed Jacob And in Israel He shows forth His glory. (NASB ©1995)
Signs on Church Property
"Free Trip to heaven. Details Inside!"
"Try our Sundays. They are better than Baskin-Robbins."
"God so loved the world that He did not send a committee."
"Come in and pray today. Beat the Christmas rush!"
"Sign broken. Message inside this Sunday."
"Come work for the Lord. The work is hard, the hours are long and the pay is low. But the retirement benefits are out of this world."
"It is unlikely there'll be a reduction in the wages of sin."
"Do not wait for the hearse to take you to church."
"If you're headed in the wrong direction, God allows U-turns."
"Forbidden fruit creates many jams."
A singing group called "The Resurrection" was scheduled to sing at a church. When a big snowstorm postponed the performance, the pastor fixed the outside sign to read, "The Resurrection is postponed."
More things You Learn From the Movies:
A detective can only solve a case once he has been suspended from duty.
If you decide to start dancing in the street, everyone you meet will know all the steps.
Police departments give their officers personality tests to make sure they are deliberately assigned a partner who is their total opposite.
When they are alone, all foreign military officers prefer to speak to each other in English.
A Sick Veterinarian
A veterinarian was feeling ill and went to see her doctor. The doctor took an extensive medical history and then inquired about her symptoms and complaints. She rudely interrupted him, "Hey look, I'm a vet. I don't need to ask my patients all these questions. I can tell what's wrong just by looking." She smugly added, "Why can't you?" The doctor nodded and said, "Okay, I'll take your challenge." The doctor quickly