- Exercise daily
- Nap in the afternoons
- Make a to-do list
- Talk with friends
- Watch your favorite entertaining TV shows
- Read books from your favorite authors
- Listen to music from your favorite artists
- Volunteer in your community
- Go for walks
- Stretch or perform yoga
- Talk to a therapist
- Cut back on drinking coffee
- Drink water periodically throughout the day
- Spend limited time on social media
- Take a shower or bath daily
- Get a massage
- Write journal entries
- Get acupuncture
- Have sex
People in our society seem to be feeling more stress now than ever before. There may be a multitude of reasons including the obsession we have with checking our mobile phones every couple of minutes. Stress is a fact of life and will always exist. The question is, how can we manage stress? Here are some ways to lessen the effects of stress:
The answer is most emphatically, "YES!" Occasionally straying from your structured pattern of eating healthy foods is strongly encouraged to lessen the temptation to go hog wild when cheating on your diet. This is a case where cheating is acceptable just don't go crazy! Maintaining your sanity is what's most important when it comes to eating healthy. Occasionally overindulging on junk food has the purpose of making you feel satisfied and content. But the key word here is "occasionally". Don't make overindulgence a habit.
The reality is trying to maintain a strict diet regimen indefinitely is doomed to fail. Why? Because you're only human and life's too short! If you're striving to lose bodyweight it is foolhardy to believe that you'll lose two pounds every single week. That's just not how your body works. Some weeks you might lose only one pound. Another week you might lose only half a pound. Losing bodyweight is not a linear function in the real world. There are many factors that may interfere with the steady loss of weight (i.e., family obligations, work, stress, etc.). Weight loss will occur but in a turbulent fashion with ups and downs.
BOTTOM LINE: Food should be thought of as one of life's greatest pleasures to be enjoyed, savored and appreciated for what it is. Food is NOT the enemy when it comes to losing bodyweight. Rather, it's how you feel about food that matters most. Accept the occasional indulgences and move on from there.
Brian Danley, CFT
"Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going."
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I'm a personal trainer who loves to help others fulfill their health and fitness goals. I consider myself a bodybuilder in that I live the lifestyle of eating healthy food, working out regularly, and sculpting my body.