Breathe Away Your Stress
So much can interfere with our plans to have a good day and do what we have planned. The same thing happens with the way we treat our bodies. It’s hard to avoid situations in life that are unplanned and cause stress. One of the things that can get in the way of your plan for healthy weight loss is stress. Stress affects the way you feel, which in turn affects your health. Depending on how stressed you are, it can cause body pain, fatigue, mood changes, and more. Probably one of the biggest things to be thrown to the side is nutrition. Who wants to think about what they’re eating when they’re stressed? The Mayo Clinic has a great article on how stress affects your everyday life and how you can defend yourself against gaining weight by stress eating. Eating breakfast, a healthy lunch, and a good dinner are all things that we probably don’t worry about when we’re stressed. Some of us probably eat whatever we want, whenever we want it, and however much of it we want. The article has great suggestions on how to make sure you eat right when you’re stressed.
How should you manage stress to begin with though? Or how can you try to prevent stress eating? One way is through breathing and yoga. Proper breathing techniques can calm our nerves and give us new perspective. I really like this sequence from Whole Living, which goes through a series of yoga poses and incorporates breathing techniques that reduce stress and anxiety. Focusing on certain yoga poses and practicing deep breathing exercises lets your body start to regain a sense of calm and tranquillity. This way you can gain more control over how you’re feeling, and really gauge whether or not you really need that extra piece of pie or that second helping of ice cream.
Think about treating yourself to a treatment at New Contours. It could help you re-focus on your goals and realize that your weight loss and skin tightening hopes can become a reality. And with our Summer Sizzle Sale, you’ll get 20% off a purchase of a four-treatment package.
Blog post written by Cynthia Richter, a recent graduate of The University of Mary Washington.