Stress is a silent killer. Many people do not realize how detrimental it is to their body.
I went onto WebMD and below is an abbreviated version of ways stress can affect your body:
1. Stress can make you nausea.
2. Stress can weaken your bones and immune system, affect your sleep and make you lose muscle.
3. Stress can make you want to eat more unhealthy foods, drink more alcohol or smoke more often.
4. Stress can make you tighten the muscles in your head, neck, and shoulders, causing headaches and migraines.
The list goes on and on how bad stress is on your body. For some of us, a little stress is invigorating because it motivates us to finish an article or project on time. These short spurts of stress would probably not have long term effects. It is when the stress is continual it affects the body in negative ways.
It does not matter if you are a man, woman, boy or a girl, we have all done stress eating. The differences may be the reason you are doing the stress eating. I did stress eating when I lost both my parents and fiancé within eighteen months. I was eating through my depression and grief and gained forty pounds. Which ended up making me more depressed because now I was overweight.
No matter what your reason is for stress eating, it is not good for you. The first thing you need to do is recognize you are doing stress eating and determine what it is that is triggering it. When you find yourself holding a crème filled donut in your hand, stop and ask yourself, “Am I eating this donut because I really want it? Or am I eating it because I am stressed, depressed or mad?” If the answer is other than you are starving, put the donut down!
Or, if you absolutely have to have the donut, then just take a little piece of it. Give yourself enough of it to make you feel better and not deprived, but not the whole thing to where you will feel guilty or depressed.
There are many things you can do to help you elevate stress than eating unhealthy foods:
- Do 15 minutes of meditation when you wake up first thing in the morning
- Visualize how wonderful you want your day, week and life to be
- Take a walk outside and breath in the fresh air, exercise
- Be positive, find joy in the little things, SMILE!
The most important thing is taking care of yourself. Give yourself time. You will feel so much better in the long run.
“All Things Are Possible If You Believe”