Stress might come out any time. It could happen at your workplace where tons of paperwork piled up in front of your desk needs to be done before the deadline or at home where conflicts arise between siblings. The presence of existing medical disorders and constant changes in the climate may contribute to stress as well. In spite of the cause, stress becomes a part of our daily lives. For some individuals, the effects of stress go beyond feelings of uneasiness and anxiety. As a result, they engage in comforting themselves to ease the stress – by eating voraciously.
To overcome weight problems and eliminate the risk of obesity during stressful periods, you need to control your stress. You may find it easier to work on healthy eating and exercise routines if you are stress-free and in control of your emotions. Here are some of the stress management techniques for you to use to prevent stress-related weight gain:
Practice Different Relaxation Techniques
You can remove stress in your system through the regular practice of different relaxation techniques. Working on it can trigger the relaxation response in the brain, which eventually stops the flow of changes that occur when you are under stress, including one that contributes to weight gain. These relaxation techniques include yoga, writing, martial arts, walking, laughter, deep breathing exercises, and even sex.
Engage In An Active Lifestyle
Be physically active; go exercise, attend aerobics and gym classes, play physical sports like soccer and basketball. Doing such activities also eliminates stress and counteracts your weight gain through burning excess pounds.
Eat On Time – Don’t Skip Meals
Eating meals on time keeps the blood sugar levels within normal levels, lessening the workload of insulin production and eventually reducing cortisol levels, making it control your weight and appetite.
Provide Time For Rest And Sleep
Keeping you awake even when tired increases your cortisol levels making you look for food to eat. Sleeping will make you relax also, so don’t deprive yourself of sleep.
Trying these stress management techniques will not cost you that much. If it seems not to work on you, consider inquiring professional help through counseling and psychotherapy. They will help you overcome your stress-eating problems.