Most people associate being unhealthy with eating junk food and not exercising, but what about stress? Life can be challenging and sometimes we overload ourselves to the point where we are stressed out. Well, it’s time to pause, take a deep breath, and de-stress, because stressing out is just as unhealthy as the donuts. According to the American Institute of Stress, stress weighs on your emotions, behavioral traits, and can lead to heart disease (http://www.stress.org/stress-and-heart-disease/).
So let’s talk about the benefits of living stress-free.
Less Weight Gain
Cortisol is a hormone related to stress. It’s released by the adrenal glands in response to stress. But cortisol is also an appetite stimulant. Too much cortisol released can make you hungry. Say hello to stress eating. Less cortisol, less stress eating, less weight gain. If you are feeling stressed, working out instead of stress eating can help! Exercise boosts your energy and improves your mood.
Chronic stress prevents the body from sleeping. Rather than relaxing, your mind is thinking about the 101 tasks you haven’t completed, the argument you had with your boss, and the 15 pounds you need to lose before Friday to fit in a dress for your 20-year reunion. Sleep, is so important. According to the Harvard Medical School, when a person is sleep-deprived, their focus, attention are also deprived. So stop and take some time to empty your mind before heading to bed, put down the phone, read a book, meditate and then get your Z’s.
It’s no secret that stress can age you. Just take a look at photos of U.S presidents before and after their terms…wow! Emotional stress can interfere with the functioning of the skin barrier, causing dryer skin and more visible lines and wrinkles.
The best ways to de-stress? Take a break, create a routine, learn to limit what you put on your plate, recite daily positive affirmations, and breathe…you’re going to be alright!
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