Coping with Stress

Stress it is both reason and excuse for what ails you

Yes, stress is the reason for gaining weight, poor sleep, irritability, and lack of energy.

Yes, stress is the excuse we use to explain gaining weight, poor sleep, irritability, and lack of energy.

A reason is something you have little or no control over. An excuse is just the opposite.

Example. You are working overtime and so do not eat your evening meal until 8:00. You are tired so you grab a quick meal high in bad carbs and gobble it down barely chewing. Because you quickly stuffed your stomach, your brain shuts down all non-essential functions to work on digestion — you now feel very sleepy. Maybe you added a beer or two, or a glass of wine, or a mixed drink.

You sit in front of the TV feeling guilty because there are so many other things you should be doing. The sleepiness overtakes you and you wake up a program later. Now you try to go to bed. The process of getting ready for bed wakes you just enough that once you are in the bed, you are wide awake and your brain is buzzing and you start to toss and turn and suddenly the alarm is going off and you start all over again —- even more tired and grouchy and further behind in chores and work.

That late night meal was stored as fat because you did no activity.

OR — you totally skipped an evening meal. Your brain is now screaming starvation mode and everything you eat for the next 24 hours will be stored as fat.

When you are stressed you are impatient with your spouse and children. Their questions on homework and bills drive your frustration through the roof. Decisions you make both at home and at work may be flawed, driven by emotional frustration and sleep deprivation.

The answer to stress is physical activity. Pills that calm you down and fog your brain are as bad as the smoke-a-cig-to-calm-you-down habit.

Have you noticed that some people when they get aggravated move their arms more and stamp their feet and raise their voice. They are actually using up some of that adrenalin.

If your day is so structured that you truly believe you cannot find even 15 minutes to exercise then so be it. But you can find 30 seconds every hour to totally use every muscle in your body. Jump up and down, shake and wiggle all over, silently scream using every muscle in your upper body. Clasp your hands together in front of your chest and shake that person or problem as hard as you can.

I know many experts recommend taking 10 minutes several times a day to meditate to calm your body. I (not an expert) recommend extreme 30 second activity. Try it when you finish reading this article. You will feel better and have a smile on your face when you take a deep breath when finished.

OK, this won’t take the place of a good 15 to 30 minute work out but it will shake off some of the stress and allow your brain to make good decisions about food and rest and exercise. At the end of the day, just think how many times you will have escaped the tiger.

until next time
Sharon

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