In order to lose weight, you have to keep the stress under control. Numerous studies have found that elevated cortisol levels can cause you to hold on to fat. This causes levels go up and your body’s response is to hang on to the fat in your cells. I pretty sure that’s what’s been going on this week with me.
There are many ways to help lower stress levels. I’ve been working on that all week. I’ve learned through my journey that a lot of working out, loosing weight, and getting healthy is mental. It looks easy when you lay it all out on paper, but the truth is you have to change your thinking to get lasting results. Something has to happen with you response to situations before you can have true and lasting success.
I’ve compiled a list several ways I help myself reduce stress. This week it has been my goal to employ these techniques. I want to be a success, and relax is one way to help me achieve the results I’m looking for.
1) Deep Breathing: When you find yourself stressing out, take 10 slow concentrated deep breaths. It’ll slow your heart rate. Your focus will be taken off the problem, and put on your breathing.
2) Singing: I know it sound strange, but it works. I sing song of praise and worship, but if that’s not your thing songs that are inspirational or uplifting will help lower stress too. The very act of centering your thoughts on something else will cause you to take the focus off the problems, and help you to chill out. I feel up lifted when I sing words that are true and inspire me to be great. I remember I can do it, and nothing is impossible.
3) Reading: Read something that’s positive. The Bible or some motivational books will have you see the positive, and could possibly give you the solution to your dilemma.
4) Exercise: Take a walk or a jog around the block. Lift some weights, or work out with DVD. The important thing is to move. Exercise increases endorphins (those feel good hormones), and gives you a release.
5) Help Others: Helping others less fortunate than you enables you to see that your problems aren’t so bad. Others have issues to overcome, and seeing how they’re handling it can give you the inspiration to continue to reach your goals. You could volunteer at a soup kitchen, a nursing home, the hospital, or animal shelter. Giving to others is a to sow seed into others lives.
Stress happens when you put the focus on yourself, and wallow in worry and doubt. The examples of relieving stress I’ve given all center around taking the focus off you, and putting the focus on something more positive. You need to take a step back, calm down, and collect your thoughts. Elevating stress will help you stay on track, and you will be less likely to stray from your program. Be calm and take your problems as an opportunity to grow, learn, and become a stronger person.