How Reducing Stress and Anxiety Will Help

Woman Dealing with Stress at Work

Stress is more than just a mental health condition; it has very real physical repercussions. When you feel stressed, your brain tells your adrenal glands to release a mix of chemicals that affects your body. Your heart starts pounding, your blood pressure rises, your breathing accelerates and your body tenses up in preparation to either fight or flee. Stress puts a strain on your digestive system. The liver reacts to stress and the bile tubes narrow. Without enough bile, your stomach cannot digest food properly and at least some of this food then turns into fat. Stress can also cause you to crave sweet, unhealthy foods that will contribute to weight gain.

What You Can Do To Manage Stress

The good news is that stress is not an incurable condition. There are a number of things you can do to manage your work and family life without feeling stressed and harried. To start with, you will want to eat a healthy diet that will give you the energy and good health you need to get through the day. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grain foods, proteins and healthy fats to keep your body in good working order; at the same time, avoid processed foods, junk foods, and excess alcohol. Exercise at least three times a week, as doing so will not only reduce tension and anxiety but also enable you to lose weight. Other ways to combat stress include getting enough sleep at night and making at least a little time to engage in relaxing activities every single day.

If you regularly feel stressed, now is the time to do something about it. Combating stress will help you avoid eating unhealthy foods and enable your body to digest food properly, thus enabling you to lose weight and get in shape.


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