5 psychologist approved de-stressing habits you need in your life!
I get countless messages from women saying they've tried everything for weight loss. They're sticking to their steps, adhering to their calories and meal plan and training consistently. But you know what they're neglecting? Their stress management.
Chronically elevated stress levels have been shown to contribute to a cascade of health issues if they’re not managed. This can create high levels of Cortisol, the stress hormone, which has been associated with weight fluctuations, poor sleep and heightened mental health issues. Incorporating some de-stressing activities where possible is essential in decreasing this hormone and benefitting our overall health and wellbeing! I had a chat to TWS psychologist @jess.psychology about some suggestions for supporting your stress.
It’s important to note that stress is experienced differently by everyone - stress can appear in both mental and physical component symptoms, some examples below:
Struggle to focus
Note: If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, always check with your Doctor to ensure they’re not something more serious.
Our 5 stress management tips:
2. Daily movement: This doesn’t have to be about specific fitness goals - have you heard of mindful movement? EG: as you go on your daily walk, use all of your senses to take in what you can see, hear and smell.
TIP! If you get distracted on your walk, leave your phone at home and brig yourself back to what you can see
TIP! Not a writer? How about creating a drawing instead. It doesn’t have to be a masterpiece, let your hand do the creating and expressing
Mindfulness is a skill, it takes practice and you mightn’t get it straight away. There are plenty of beginner mindfulness practices for you to try, breathing exercises are among the most popular. Using your breath as the focus, a Box Breathing example of this can be found below. Don’t forget, it might take a few times through to feel as though you’re gaining the benefits of it.
Give it a go! Try this box breathing technique to ease your nerves: 4 seconds in, 4 seconds hold, 4 seconds out, 4 seconds hold. Enjoy the bliss…
We all experience stress differently. If you try one of these and it doesn’t work, don’t feel like you’ve done something wrong - it’s just very specific to who you are and what you’re experiencing
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