How stress affects your ability to lose weight
Stress is a part of everyday life, but this is why you need to manage it if you want to lose weight.
Stress. It’s everywhere. There’s good stress and bad stress; stress that’s part of everyday life and stress that arises due to unexpected things. With so much stress in your life, it’s important that you find ways to manage it because not only is stress bad for your physical and emotional health, it can also affect your weight loss success.
We don’t give stress enough credit when it comes to how much it can affect our commitment to performing healthy behaviors, such as eating right, exercising and reaching out for the support we need. Stress can diminish our willpower and it may also affect physical, cognitive, emotional and social aspects of our lives that make it difficult to reach our weight loss goals.
So, how do you not let stress get in the way of your success? First, you need to give yourself permission to care for yourself. Many people tend to everyone else in their lives first – children, aging parents, partners and employers. That often leaves you feeling like you don’t have enough time to care for yourself or you feel guilty doing so. But taking care of yourself is not only good for you, it helps you take care of everything else in your life better. Think of the instructions you get on an airplane – you have to put your own oxygen mask on before you can help others.
You can manage stress proactively with routine habits such as exercising, eating right and getting enough sleep. It’s also a good idea to be prepared with a “bag of tricks” that will help you handle specific stressful situations. Keep in mind that what works for one person may not work for another. Even something that works for you in one instance may not be effective when circumstances change. Find a few different ways to help you manage stress to see what works best for you.