I’ve just been meditating and it occurred to me that I have not written about the impact of stress on our bodies and how this might be impacting on our weight. I’m feeling pretty chilled out from my own relaxation time and so now is a good time to start exploring this aspect of our well being.
Firstly, stress is not necessarily a bad thing. We all need a certain amount of stress in our lives to motivate us to take action however when our stress levels become elevated to a certain point something else starts to happen. Firstly our body chemistry starts to change and our body starts to hold onto weight and water. If the stress is prolonged our immune system functions less efficiently and we are more likely to pick up whatever bugs and viruses we come into contact with.
For many of course stress also triggers unhelpful behaviours such as comfort or binge eating. This is part of my process for sure however my sister is the opposite. If she gets stressed she eats less and loses lots of weight. She is naturally slender and has developed a completely different set of strategies for handling life challenges to the ones I use.
I recommend regular relaxation such as meditation, tai chi, yoga or self hypnosis as a good starting point. Choosing a relaxing location also really helps. Here you can see a picture of our “Well” at our new venue in Sussex a place I love to sit.
There are lots of studies that suggest that regular relaxation of about ten to twenty minutes a day will greatly reduce stress levels, boost well being and your sense of life satisfaction.
There are many other approaches to stress management. These days we usually talk about a well being plan as this is already a reframe on stress. Over the next couple of weeks I will give you some tips on how to develop a well being plan starting next time with some tips on how to use self hypnosis.
I may not get a chance to post next Sunday as I will be away volunteering on a workshop called “Point of Mastery”. This is the third in a trilogy of courses that I have mentioned before the first being the Turning Point. Point of Mastery includes a residential retreat and during this time I may not be able to access the internet.
If you are curious about the course I am helping on take a look at their website