If you have heard of the term “Stress eating”, then this will probably come as no surprise to you. Many people have discovered that when they are under a lot of emotional stress, they don’t lose their appetite like some, but actually get a bigger appetite and more cravings. Typically, you aren’t actually hungrier, but you feel like you want to eat to help soothe the stress.
Stress eating and emotional eating are very closely linked. This is when you are feeling down, sad, upset, stressed, or depressed, and you want instant gratification. Stress hormones can actually make you feel like you are hungry because you know eating something will provide short-term relief. This is the same way emotional eating works. You want a quick fix, so you think about how food will help, and then over time, every time you are stressed, you suddenly feel hungry. Except most of the time, it is not true hunger from not eating enough. It is related to your...
So many of us turn to food for comfort when the world goes sideways. Reaching for a bag of chips, a carton of ice cream, or a box of cookies when you are feeling spread too thin feels like an easy solution.
The problem is that the quick fix of sugar and carbs is momentary and literally leaves you feeling worse once that food high settles, which it inevitably does.
The reason we reach for junk food to mend a broken heart, ease a high-demand job, or quell our fears is physiological and evolutionary. Those are pretty serious motivators so let’s start by getting educated and then get a game plan for what to do instead of loading up on carbs and calories.
No matter how loudly your body screams, “FEED ME CRAP!” you know that a stress binge will leave you feeling sluggish, defeated, and chubby.
So why do we do it?
Stress causes our bodies to automatically increase respiration, blood pressure, heart rate, metabolism, and the blood flow to our muscles. Your whole body goes...
There is nothing as frustrating as trying everything you know to do to keep your immune system boosted. You try superfoods, supplements, new exercise routines, and more only to end up getting sick. This may have you wondering what it is that is affecting your immune system from functioning properly. Here are a few of the options you should consider.
One of the first things that could be affecting your immune system is stress. You may think that you don't have that much stress in your life and that you have it all covered. What you may be overlooking are the daily stresses that can build into one major stress-filled reaction causing your immune system to be less effective. This stress can come from working through a chaotic daily schedule that has you going non-stop, trying to maintain a large to-do list, or from dealing with the issues of other people in your home and family. Try journaling to help flesh out the stressors that could be in your life, that...
Do you ever have those times when your mind is racing, and you can't seem to catch up? Maybe your schedule is jam-packed, and you haven't had a quiet minute to yourself in what seems like forever, or you tend to worry about every little detail on a daily basis -- either way, your brain is on the go constantly. Sound about right?
Nevertheless, don't worry. It's not an issue exclusive to you, an active mind is something we all deal with. A busy brain isn't a bad thing, but when it overtakes us and controls us instead of the other way around, that's when trouble can creep in. Being mindful of this and practicing some tricks daily to maintain control of your busy mind is as easy as this...
Meditation is a great way to calm yourself down after a stressful episode or a busy day. All you have to do is sit still and clear your mind, take some deep breaths, and keep practicing until it works. It might take awhile to implement fully, but once you are able to utilize it,...
As the old saying goes -- home is where the heart is, but that doesn’t mean your home environment isn’t causing you stress. It should be a sanctuary where you feel at peace. However, many things can add a tinge of tension in your home. It’s important to take a good look within your walls and see what is heaping unnecessary stress upon your life and take control of it.
Here’s how to make your home environment as stress-free as possible so when you come home, you're met with a peaceful, safe feeling that helps you rejuvenate and relax.
1. Make a happy place
Your home doesn’t need to be big to have an area of happiness in it just for you. If you have a whole room you can use, great! If not, create a cozy nook for reading or unwinding that’s your own space to decompress in.
2. Always make your bed
It might seem silly to make your bed. After all, you’re just going to mess it up later. But even if all else in your...