Being anxious and stressful has a whole host of knock on effects which are bad for your health.
When you’re stressed you snack more, generally as a source of comfort, and snacking as we all know is bad for the waist-line.
When we get stressed, the body produces adrenaline – this hormone increases food cravings, so it’s no wonder we keep reaching for the biscuits when under pressure.
Too much stress can also be totally overwhelming, and that feeling de-motivates us. When you’re stressed it’s easier to just hide yourself away feeling like everything’s too much. It’s less likely that you’ll do something productive like go to the gym or even just head out for a walk.
Physical stress, when you are exercising, is actually a good thing for your body as it helps you to get fitter. But when you are already dealing with mental stress, your workout becomes less effective. At times of great mental stress you are more likely to hurt yourself physically at the gym because you are not prepared for the workout, and a lack of sleep will also inhibit your recovery time.
It’s all very well saying stress is bad when it comes to your health and wellbeing, but how are you going to get it under control?
Here are a few tips to help you along the path to less stress:
some really wise words about being extra-careful in your workout if you are under mental pressure. Taking out anger on yourself by overdoing it can really bite back.
Exercise and sleep are out stress busters - it's so easy for reach for the wrong foods though and then you end up getting more stressed - it's not hard to see how people get trapped in an unhealthy cycle.
"When you're stressed you snack me". Yep, this is me! If I've had a hard day all I want to do is slouch in front of tv, eat crisps and drink beer.
I have just done what you advised and taken 2 minutes to do nothing. It was really hard! My mind was desperately trying to get me to do something or to worry about something. Quite insightful actually. I sort of had a glimpse of how stress grows if I listen to all my thoughts.
Stress can become quite debilitating. It's really de-motivating and can stop you getting out. Good ideas to try and relax
When I get stressed I find exercise helps a lot. Stress for me is often anxiety-driven, and having a physical outlet for all those swirling thoughts makes me feel a lot better, albeit temporarily.