10 Top Stress Busters


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There's something besides eating well, exercising and getting plenty of rest that can help you lose weight and slim down. Managing your stress levels also is key. That's because high levels of stress can stimulate your body's production of cortisol, known as the stress hormone and a top culprit in the development of belly fat, which happens to be associated with multiple health conditions, such as high cholesterol, high triglycerides, high blood pressure, coronary artery disease and type 2 diabetes.

Better managing your stress can help to whittle your waist and lower your risk of a myriad of health ills. To that end, Metabolic Research Center offers these 10top stress-busting tips.

  1. Let go of what you can't control and focus on the things you can.
  2. Do the work you love and delegate the rest.
  3. Learn to manage your time well - including saying no to commitments you're just not excited about keeping.
  4. Set and keep boundaries for yourself and those around you.
  5. Get at least seven to nine hours of uninterrupted sleep each night.
  6. Get plenty of exercise, including cardio and weight training. Studies show regular exercise can help reducing fatigue, improving alertness and concentration and boost your body's production of feel-good cerebral chemicals serotonin and dopamine.
  7. Cut yourself a break.
  8. Celebrate victories - even the little ones.
  9. Laugh more. Not only does it lift your mood, but it also can strengthen your immune system, boost your body's production of HDL cholesterol (the good type), reduce blood sugar, relieve pain, relax muscles, brighten skin tone and burn calories.
  10. Head outdoors. A recent study showed that Scottish residents who live in areas with lots of greenspace have lower levels of cortisol than do residents in urban areas.

For more tips for developing a healthy, active lifestyle call 800-501-8090 and talk with a Metabolic Research Center weight loss specialist.

 

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