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Stress Management Part 1 – What is it?

Stress management is such a buzz word thee days. There is so much information out there on how to properly manage the stress in our lives, and ultimately most of us don’t do it right. So then we feel bad, compounding the “stress management” issue to begin with! Here is the first of four articles on stress management, and how it pertains to not just your mental health, but physical health and waistline as well.

Here’s the Stress Management Article Breakdown:

  1. What it is/why pay attention
  2. Where it comes from
  3. Why it’s bad for you
  4. How to deal with it

Hopefully you’ll come out of it with some tangible info that will truly improve the overall quality of your life. Enjoy!

Post 1: Stress Management – What is Stress?

I don’t live a very hard life. Ultimately, I’m responsible for myself and my two loveable, adorably over sized cats. I have great friends and amazing family and a pretty cool job. Truly, not a day goes by that I don’t thank the world for the privileges I’ve been honored in my time so far. But you know what? Even with that – I have really hard days! Like, super-stressful-fu#$%&*ing fu#$%&ed-up days. So if I have those days, I can only imagine how people with real responsibilities manage their lives, their children, their spouses, their bodies and their sanity.  Then you throw the holiday madness in there and it’s no wonder people are knocking back cocktails left and right and failing at the weight loss game. Life can be hard and mean.

I’m studying to finalize this Nutrition-Wellness Coaching Certification. Even with a bachelor in Nutrition and 13 years consulting in the commercial weight loss industry, I felt it would be beneficial to have one of these organized certifications under my belt. And I’m SO GLAD I did. The Nutrition is one thing, and is actually only about 20% of the information exchange between nutrition practitioners and clients. I collected so many great strategies, questions and general coaching tips. I’ll have months of material for blogs to help people live longer, healthier and more satisfying lives. Yay for that!

So here is my first translation of one of the little academic lesson that was provided in one of my text books. And December seems a timely time to talk about STRESS. Because I think what we typically do to manage stress this time of year is b-line for the bar at parties and mindlessly stuff our faces with tiny treats as we ponder how in the heck we will EVER get everything done in the next 2 weeks??  This will be long so I’ll break it into several sections throughout the month and into the new year (because the last thing I want to do is stress you out by taking too much of your time – lol).

Why Monitoring Stress is Important

It can make you fat: Well, for starters, when we feel discomfort in our life (stress) we (especially women) turn to food for nurturing comfort. During the holidays, there is just more food right in front of your face and it might really feel like it will ease the tension. Which it will. For about the 5 seconds it takes to jam in the 500++ calories. Then you’re left with the guilt, loss of control and massive workout ahead to burn off the calories.  This is not good. If you want to be Skinny, you’re going to have to find another way to diffuse the stress in your life!

It can make you sick: But, I’d fail you as a health expert if I didn’t also point out that – um – well, mounds of research has indicated that stress is directly linked to the six leading causes of death—heart disease, cancer, lung ailments, accidents, cirrhosis of the liver and suicide.  Sound important enough? Proper acknowledgement of stress in your life and practical management of it isn’t just about your waistline, it’s about the overall quality of your health and longevity.

Stay tuned for next week’s post where we’ll talk a bit more about the actually physiology of stress and what it does to your precious body…

Happy Holidays!



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