The information below is from the newsletter of an esteemed colleague and friend of mine from South Africa.
Hello friends, clients and colleagues:
I see so many wonderful people in my practice who often come to me for issues unrelated to health or weight even though their health and weight are often far from ideal, too. The one thing they all have in common is a stress level that has gone way beyond a level they can cope with. Sadly they often feel there are no other options so they have given up on feeling healthy/fit/well and often even happy!
The big thing to remember is that stress is always subjective. What feels unbearable to one may feel easy to another. It doesn’t matter what others think of your personal stress levels, it all boils down to how they make you feel and how you manage to cope with them.
Most people assume stress is unchangeable and a part of life so they try to ignore their stress levels saying things like “you try being stress free when you have kids” or “do you know how much pressure I have at work?” or “what am I supposed to do…give up my life?”
Here’s the thing…if you’re ignoring your stress levels, you might as well just be reaching for junk food! Because, generally if you don’t deal with your stress levels, you’ll relapse on healthy eating and exercising habits. Stress is the key in a vicious cycle that eventually will lead to ill health and chronic disease. Most visits to doctors have stress as the root cause of one’s symptoms.
And STRESS affects EVERYTHING when it comes to health…from your hormone levels, to your ability to stay on a healthy diet, to your ability to maintain exercise habits and get quality sleep. If you want to feel healthy/look good/have energy or even just have peace of mind – the number one thing you need to change is the level of stress in your life.
Realistically, very few of us have the luxury to completely change our lives so it is crucial to add stress relief to your everyday routine. Remember you didn’t reach your levels of stress overnight so they are not going to totally change overnight either! Like with everything, it takes time to change and create new habits.
Learn techniques to reduce stress and try sneaking in one or two each day. Even just five minutes in the morning and five minutes at night, will start making a difference to your stress levels over time.
Daily Tips for Stress Relief
So ask yourself, frequently: How do you want to feel? Then visualize what you will lose if you let your stresses control your life.