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How does stress affect health... and even makes you gain weight?

We live in a society that demands we do more, be more, and achieve more. Stress moves us forward and helps cope with life's demands, but it also affects our moods and emotions.We deal with so many responsibilities and cope with all sorts of pressure.
All this in turn triggers a biochemical process where our bodies go into survival mode. Our body stores fuel, slows down its metabolism, and dump out chemicals such as cortisol, leptin, and other hormones which cause... obesity in the abdominal region.

Many people reach for food to help ease their anxieties. "Desserts is Stressed spelled backward... and vice versa" Get the picture...?
Of course, food being a temporary fix, it does not deal with the real issue of the problem, and it doesn't work in the long run.

"Stress eaters" tend to prefer high-carbohydrate foods because these foods trigger an increase in the brain chemical serotonin, which has a calming effect.It is almost like self-medicating. Many people binge on starchy foods to make themselves feel better. It is a proven fact that relaxation techniques as well as exercise are more suitable in terms of anxiety relief and overall health benefits.

How does stress affect health... is such a major question to ask ourselves: How does stress complicate your life? I let you make a list of ALL that comes to mind. Get help with the list below:

How ELSE Does Stress Affect Health...?

Answer each of the following statements with YES Or NO

  • I feel nervous or anxious a lot.
  • I am a shallow breather.
  • I suffer from depression and/or fatigue.
  • I have chronic tension in parts of my body (raised shoulders, etc.)
  • I have ongoing health problems (hives, headaches, indigestion, etc.)


The Surprisingly Simple Solution for Stress:

Stress affects our health in so many ways that I bet, each of us could write a book about it... Since stress is part of our everyday lives, it is useful to know that there are strategies you can use to keep stress from becoming too overwhelming and unhealthy.

Simply...conscious "BREATHING" is the very best tool you can learn about and do for yourself.

It's FREE and right there to use every moment.

You may have heard this saying which I truly privilege in my every day life: "Energy flows, where attention goes..." So, when you BREATHE as if you are relaxed, you start to become relaxed...

This simple! Stop reading for a moment and TRY IT NOW...

10 TIPS to Help Reduce Stress,
By Breathing More Healthfully:

  • 1. Consciously monitor your breathing.
  • 2. Don't hold your breath.
  • 3. Centre yourself by taking deep inhalations and exhalations.
  • 4. Touch your palate with your tongue to quiet the mind.
  • 5. Breathe in through the nose.
  • 6. Breathe down into your back and imagine it expanding out.
  • 7. Breathe right down into your tummy.
  • 8. Let your tummy be soft when you breathe in.
  • 9. To relax, breathe in for a count of 4, hold for 3, and breathe out for 7. Repeat.
  • 10. Sign up for regular mind/body classes such as yoga and Tai Chi.
  • Breathing Exercises

    Here’s a useful resource to add even more good information on signs and symptoms of stress.
    The website is called Unlock Your Happiness and is owned by Gavin Hoole in Cape Town, South Africa.

    Just like me, Gavin is a “seeker”. He’s one who wants to understand the mysteries of life and share his findings on physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health. You’ll enjoy your visit.

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