Stress = Fat… And How To Fight It
July 7, 2017
When it comes to trimming down, looking your best and losing the extra fat that nobody wants, you are consistently told that “all you need to do is eat better and exercise.”
And yes this is spot on.
But what happens when that stops working?
“Exercise harder and eat less” is usually the go to…
…except for a lot of people, its not that simple.
There are only so many times you can reduce your food intake, and up your exercise.
And after a little while, you just get to a point, and you ask yourself, “why bother?”
I get it if it’s not working and nothing changes why would you put in the effort?
So what I want to do today is present you with ways to work smarter, not harder.
Because though the effort is required, you are always better off putting in smart effort than just blindly going at it.
Now not all of these will work for you, but adding in some of these will make a difference.
And as you can gather from the title they are grouped around the idea of stress.
Because you still need to exercise and eat better, but let’s cover the other parts as well.
The Big S Word
Whenever I go to put together things like this, I always search out what others have said to see if I agree or disagree or if they have any points worth stealing 😉
And most of the time I find the subject’s incredibly boring and with little worth taking note of, thus why I write about them for you.
And then you come across one that just blows your pants off with how helpful it is.
Please allow me to share with you one such example.
Drum roll, please…
“Reduce daily stress.”
I kid you not, that was the whole thing.
No examples on how to do this, no advice on best practices or anything.
Just reduce your daily stress.
Thanks, Sherlock I had never thought about that before.
Now don’t get it twisted, this is sound advice.
It is something that I recommend everyone does, but it’s not like you can snap your fingers, and suddenly the sun is shining, and you don’t have a care in the world.
Trust me if this was the case I would have bottled that and changed the world already.
But until I work out the magical secret we will have to settle for a few simpler tactics.
So what are the best ways to reduce your daily stress?
We can go old school, new school, hippie, pharmaceutical, alternative and everything in between.
How about we just begin.
Get Some O2 Into You
Yep you read that right.
We are keeping it simple.
They say the only difference between fear and excitement is a single breath.
And the same can be true for stress.
What we overlook when we start to feel overwhelmed and run down is our ability to breath.
Now I haven’t gone crazy I don’t think that you are just holding your breath when you get stressed, but at the same point, you might not be fully utilizing it properly.
Here is how to fix it.
Periodically throughout the day, stop, take a minute and breath deeply through your nose hold and then breath slowly out. Repeat this 5-20 times, and watch as most of your anxiety, stress, and frustration melt away.
Not only will this make you feel better, but it will also lower your stress levels, it will help improve your willpower and overall make your whole day a better one.
Not to mention dealing with a pesky blood pressure problem.
Not bad for simply breathing.
Become One With The World
Well maybe not quite that far, but you know it’s along those lines.
Similar to the first one, but taking it that step further.
If you haven’t noticed yet, I may be a bit of a fan of meditation.
In fact, one of the things I am aiming to add to the services we provide is once a week meditation session.
It is a game changer, and if you aren’t doing it already, I would highly suggest it.
This can be as simple as counting your breaths or downloading an app such as headspace and doing a guided one.
Whatever is going to work for you, get in and do it…
Because this will not only clear your mind, help you concentrate, but as discussed earlier in the week will help you relax and go to sleep.
With the added benefit of lowering your stress levels drastically.
I aim to start my day with a meditation to start my day off in a calm and relaxed state from there if I feel my day getting overwhelming I add a short 2-5 minutes one to help me refocus.
Usually just counting my breaths and doing the above breathing pattern.
Write It Down
Now I will be referring back to sleep a few times today because they do go hand in hand.
So a lot of times people stress at night and can’t go to sleep because of it, they worry about the day to come, money, time, etc.
One of the ways to counteract this is to write it all down.
Now I am going to give you the first part here and the second part in the next one.
But to begin with — do a mind dump.
This is sound crazy, but it works wonders.
Get a notebook and write every single thought that comes into that incredible brain of yours until you have filled three pages. Now for the first week, this will seem silly and ridiculous, but after a while, you will find that your brain starts getting clear with the thought process and will eliminate a lot of the additional thoughts.
You will start noticing as well that a lot of the things that stress you out are irrational stories you tell yourself.
And when they are written in front of you, you will think why was I even worried that is so ridiculous.
Give it a go, and if you are a creative person, this is also a great thing to do first thing in the morning to get all your genius out onto paper.
What To Do?
Does this sound familiar in any way?
Laying in bed, tomorrow I need to do X, Y, and Z. Oh, how could I forget about ABCDEFGHIJK AND L?
Damn, that’s so much, there is not enough time for all that, how can I possibly fit all of that in.
But there is no point adding to your worries by stressing about it.
But by writing out a to-do list the night before and then tackling it one thing at a time the next day, what you will find is that your night is more restful and your following day will flow smoother.
It’s Time To Get Wet
Now I have spoken before about the relaxation and recovery that comes with hot baths.
But honestly taking this time even 30 minutes and soaking away your stress while reading a good book.
Or double whamming with a mediation will help wash away all that extra baggage of the day and help turn things around.
Let Them Soak
Failing the above get a foot bath and soaking them will help with those stress levels plus detoxifying the body.
Putting in things like lavender or other essential oils will also help the situation.
Looking For The Magic Pill?
Well, it’s not quite that simple, but it does help on a physiological level.
Supplementing with relora first thing in the morning or post workout will help naturally lower your cortisol levels, which is your stress hormone.
This is an excellent way to recover from your workouts quicker and to help keep your body working at its highest level.
Magic Pill Part 2
I cannot recommend this one enough, everyone under the sun should be taking it, in my opinion, it plays such a large role in everything, that I don’t know why you wouldn’t.
And that is….
Taking some magnesium morning and evening will help relax the muscles, improve sleep, etc. And in turn, lower your stress levels on the body.
Do I Even Need To Remind You?
This one should be obvious.
But doing daily exercise will make you feel happier, give you more energy and in turn will lower the stress on your body.
Even though you will be stressing it more, it’s that catch 22 of good stress VS bad stress.
Take A Walk On The Wild Side
Well you can if that floats your boat,
But taking daily walks is another great way to get the body to relax a bit more, gentle form of exercise, gets the blood flowing and especially if you leave the technology at home and get out amongst nature.
You will notice a drastic boost in many facets of your life.
If you hadn’t noticed already a lot of what I discuss bleeds into itself regarding affecting many areas.
It’s why when you start making the changes you will see shifts all areas of your life.
Stress, sleep, recovery, health, happiness, confidence.
The list goes on.
But the important thing to remember is that you start.
You start with one small action that can be repeated over and over again until it’s ingrained.
Next week I will be talking about this more, the crossover affect, happiness, confidence and how to start.
But make sure you check in later this week for my “Long Week Remedy.”
It’s going to build upon this and show you how to unwind and let your body get put back together ready for the following week.
So until then…
Lachlan “Stress Less” Farley