One of the biggest byproducts of our modern, industrial world is stress, and there is plenty of it going around right now. Stress plays a big role in eating and weight loss.
Stress interferes with all aspects of our lives.
It affects our attitudes and adds to moods. It increases depression and anxiety. It taps into our basic survival skill set, and amplifies our emotions.
It can trigger binge eating and loss of sleep. We forget about our good eating and exercise habits that are being built, because the stress can become overwhelming. It can consume our energy, and leave us feeling drained.
So, how do we combat it?
Focus on what is important. Make conscious decisions on how you are going to spend you life energy.
Define the stress by asking yourself questions:
How big is the issues?
Is it an immediate threat?
Will it hurt you or your family?
Can you affect it?
Is it really important?
Is it a small thing blown out-of-proportion?
Stress can be lessened by knowledge. Stress sabotages weight loss and fitness goals by distracting you from what is important in your life.
Challenge for Those Who Accept. . .Is your life filled with stress? Then, take time to define what is causing the stress. Ask yourself the questions listed above. Then, decide what you want to work with, and what can wait.
Note: For those struggling with figuring out what is important and not important, I find this book helpful – The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, by Steven Covey.
To Wellness for All. . .Karen
Fitness & Wellness Coach