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Stress Less, Live More!

Oct 21, 2013

Last week Josh challenged each person to take the positivity test to help reduce stress in their lives. This week I also want to challenge everyone to follow a stress-less plan using five key strategies. Stress is highly inflammatory which is why in order for us to get healthy on the outside we have to become healthy on the inside. One way to do this is by reducing the stress in our life using these techniques:

  1. Visualize: When you visualize yourself in a stressful situation such as delivering a smooth presentation to your boss at work, or running across the finish line in your first marathon, this can actually help you to perform better as well as reduce stress.
  2. Keep a journal: You may already be keeping record of your meals and exercises but have you ever considered logging what you are thankful for? According to Robert Emmons, PhD, professor at the University of California-Davis, “Grateful people are less likely to experience envy, anger, resentment, regret, and other unpleasant states that produce stress and thwart positive emotions.” Simply take five minutes at the end or beginning of each day to write what you’re thankful for, it can be anything!
  3. Connect: Did you know that by connecting with someone you care about can change your brain chemistry and actually make you less stressed? Don’t hesitate next time you want to pick up the phone and meet an old friend for lunch.
  4. Volunteer: Try an organization such as girlsontherun.org or sign up for a charity run/walk to reap the fitness benefits while also helping others. Reaching out to help others can actually boost your mental and physical health according to a study from the Corporation for National and Community Service.
  5. Eat to reduce stress: Yep, that’s right! Foods such as salmon, which contain omega-3 fatty acids, can actually help to regulate your moods. Also look for foods loaded with vitamin B6, which produce the feel-good hormone serotonin in your body.

There you have it…five simple strategies you can start today to help keep stress levels to a minimum! In addition to these strategies the best way to reduce stress, as well as blast fat, is by following a regular exercise routine that incorporates strength training and cardio as well as consistent clean eating.

Asp, Karen. "Is Stress Making You Fat." Oxygen Mag Spring 2010: 51-53. Print.

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