Stress is a part of everyday life, and can take a toll on more than just one’s overall mood. All that tension can actually tack inches onto the waistline thanks to the stress-related hormone cortisol, which rises during anxiety-inducing events and creates junk food cravings. Use these natural approaches to relieve tension in the mind, body, spirit—and belt buckle!
- De-Stress the Mind: Enter the Zen zone by closing the eyes and allowing the body to sink deeper with every inhale, while releasing muscle tension with every exhale. Take this time to identify and acknowledge stressful thoughts and think them through to improve inner calm.
- De-Stress the Body: Dodge a stress attack by working out. The endorphins released during workouts will create a natural body high and overall great feeling.
- De-Stress the Spirit: Artistic activities may reduce stress because they enable access to the creative part of the brain in order to better express thoughts and feelings, rather than relying on words alone.