The Impact of Stress on Weight Gain

Weight watchers better keep a close watch on their stress levels. Stress actually does seriously impact a person's weight. In today's dynamic world, where everything seems to change, from moment to moment, where CONSCIOUS evolution seems to be an ongoing process. This process itself could be a reason for stress. 

It is an uphill task for most of us to stay healthy, when we are facing stressors, but that is the real challenge. Stress surrounds us constantly,  yet we need to realize and understand,  how we can keep ourselves physically and emotionally healthy,  despite all the challenges, that the world is throwing towards us. 
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Create Your Own Magic For A Stress Free Life

We are all happy to realize that although stress is constantly building up within, if we are consciously keeping ourselves in an awareness mode, we know that stress relief is also so much within our own hands. 

One is so often bombarded with so many alternatives in terms of stress relievers. Yet, I personally feel that for each one of us,  there is this one factor that could calm us down. It has to be something that resonates with our inner core. It is all about connecting to that one factor and moving on with clearing our own inner selves. 

CREATE YOUR OWN MAGIC

Lots of times people have this constant question, " Could you please give us one short stress relief tip" this sounds so easy,  as if it's a magic word I need to decipher for them. But honestly personally I do believe life is magical, if we allow it to be. It's up-to you to create your own magic. It is only " We" who can decide what to create, and how to create it. Making a magic potion to relieve our stress levels is our responsibility. 
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Live In The Moment And Be Stress Free

Time and again, I write about meditation, as a great stress reliever. I believe very strongly, in the benefits of meditation, but I also want people to realize, that meditation is not only that concept which they associate only with spirituality. It is in actuality only a way of life.

Mostly people who look inward, see it only as a method of personal spiritual evolution, but i want you to see just the basic levels of evolution, in order to clear the stress levels.

Meditation is a way that will get us, short term and long term benefits. It is up to our own intelligence intake, that we choose our path.

Anything that calms the body and brain and gives us a level of slow infiltrated joy us our meditative state.

Focused breathing is really  what gives a gentle and overall change to the general stress levels. It is the best way of calming the body and the brain, in the shortest span of time. Physical touch, such as, a simple hug, is another quick strategy.
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Take Charge of Your Life

“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk our own path.” — Buddhaint Teresa of Calcutta

The other day, I had a conversation with a friend of mine that gave me goosebumps.

She is someone who, by all accounts, is super successful. On the outside, she looks like she has everything going in her favor, but on the inside, she has been struggling to add some order, simplicity and sanity into her life.

When you have a lot going on—when your life is charging full-speed ahead—it’s often hard to step back and figure out what you can drop, if anything. It’s tough to even think about dropping something when everything appears so great to everyone else on the outside.

My friend told me that she knew in her heart that she wanted to make a change to her life, but that she she was nervous about speaking up and actually going after it. For her, this involved having a conversation with her boss about shifting how she worked.

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Deal With Stress And Let The Happiness Flow

In today's dynamic world, stress is perhaps the most common buzzword or should I say "disease". Almost every problem, be it mental health, physical health or emotional health, is related to the stress we are experiencing, knowingly or unknowingly. 

In a very broad spectrum, if we decide to give a definition of stress, we can say

WHAT STRESS IS OUR STYLE

Stress is the body's response to changes in the environment, which is affecting our lives. In each individuals life, there is constant bevy of changes happening. Adjusting and adapting to these changes is inevitable. But this effort of adapting to changes definitely leaves us with a legacy of stress to deal with. 

We can broadly define the reasons, as to why stress overtakes our lives, but we need to also understand, that stress us a normal part of everyday life for most people. We need to also understand it's causes and challenges,  and then look for our personal way of dealing with it. 
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Obsessing over thought - Rumination

When we start getting obsessed with our own negative thoughts and brooding over them,  when we simply can't free ourselves from our nagging and repeated thinking,  when we are trying very hard in our minds, to sort situations, we call it Rumination.

This is really a basic human tendency,  I mean obsessing over a particular thought,  but as it begins to overwhelm us, it turns into stress. 

SENSE OF POWER

On the negative side of rumination, we understand the power struggle of the human mind. It is basically a constant repetition of negative thinking patterns which take over. When you are experiencing the feeling of a situation, which you perhaps experienced a day earlier,  maybe someone said something to hurt you,  and you continue to carry that hurt in your mind constantly,  you keep repeating that thought within you and actually magnify that whole situation and that hurtful feeling so much,  that it simply overtakes your whole life.  You then start rollicking in stress. 
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From Anxiety to Personal Power: A Quantum Flip Perspective

Heart racing; sweaty palms; shortness of breath and a knot in your stomach the size of a grapefruit. If you’ve experienced these sensations in your body, you’re most likely one of the millions who have been affected by anxiety disorder.

In our fast-paced society, anxiety affects a staggering number of adults. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, an estimated 40 million adults in the United States are affected by anxiety alone. Approximately 65% of North Americans take prescription medication daily to help offset the disorder and of those, a reported 43% take mood altering prescriptions regularly.

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How To Stop Overthinking and Find Peace (4 Keys)

Have you ever felt so overwhelmed and stressed out?

Perhaps you were juggling so many things, handling so many responsibilities, facing an important deadline, or needing to make some important decisions.

Once you get caught up in the spiral of overthinking, it can be difficult to get out of it. You end up feeling overwhelmed from all the directions your mind is pulling you.

If you listen to those voices, they can be crippling and will rob you of your power, freedom and dreams.

You are not the voices in your head.

You are not your thoughts.

Just because your mind tells you something doesn’t mean it’s true.

To be free you must learn to develop a relationship with your mind. By recognizing … You are NOT your mind!!

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Coping with Your Angry Self

All stress is basically arising from ignoring our emotional self.  We seem to be bombarded by information on Self love and Self care. Most of the time, we overlook this as people think Self love is synonymous with selfishness, and this in itself reflects a negative emotion. We need to understand that self love is an essential quality,  and emotional self care, is inherently needed by us. 

It is only when the awareness strikes you, that, you are neglecting a certain part of your innerself, which is leading you towards stress, you pick up on your stance, and start focusing on it,  and then start working towards alleviating it. 

SELF CARE

This in itself is about creating a plan, which you need to customize, to your own requirements, as each one's emotional requirements are different according to his own inherent needs. A self care plan for a student would obviously be different from that for a retired person. 

Assessing and reassessing certain areas in life is very essential. 
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Techniques to Stay Balanced and Feel Your Joy

Stress is the buzzword of today's life. It seems to encompass everyone's lives, in each and every age-group and every strata of society. It is just as though people were in the throes of passion earlier, and now they are in the throes of stress. 
 
We can actually notice that many people are suffering from something we may call, a Social Anxiety Disorder, commonly termed as SAD. People suffering from this remain stressed,  most of the time. Their muscles constantly remain in tension almost always. There is a certain technique mainly used to get rid of this state called Progressive Muscle Relaxation or in short form PMR. This is one of the best techniques for anxiety reduction.  It was first introduced by the American  Physician Edmond Jacobson in the 1930's. It involves tension and relaxation in the body's major muscle groups.
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Strategies for Mindful Living

Getting rid of stress is imperative, and we spoke of this in my earlier blog, as to how living consciously in the present moment, we could actually manage to eliminate stress. We call this Mindfulness. 

In simple and lucid words we could say that, any activity that you perform, where you stay fully present, and very well rooted in the "here" and "now" along with a completely non judgemental attitude, can be called Mindfulness. 
 
How to get there and start practicing and living in this state of mindfulness, is of course the crucial answer. As I had mentioned earlier, there are various strategies which we can adapt to this very vital and extreme state of relaxation,  but I am going to concentrate here today on what we will call Mindfulness meditation. 

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Better Living with Mindfulness

In today's world where everyone and everything is constantly on the run,  it is extremely important that one is mindful of one's own everyday life. 

Stress is normally a two way process.  It is about how stress affects one's physical and mental health,  and how that physical and mental health affects us. 

Since we as individuals are, each one of us, unique in our own lives,  it would be correct to experiment with certain stress relief strategies to arrive at the right one. We must try to find strategies which help to manage stress in a healthy manner,  and keep it at a manageable level. 

Whatever we put into our minds will greatly impact our mental and psychological quotient. This includes doing things that keep your mind sharp. It can be activities like reading books or watching movies or any other activities that could be fuelling the mind. On another level, compassion, healthy inner dialogues and gratitude help mental peace. Many other activities  enhance inner peace.

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Simple Strategies for Keeping Up with Our Busy Lives

We are on the path to stress management. But as we walk along this path, changes are constantly taking place in our lives. We normally just do not keep pace with these changes,  but if we start doing so,  we can start upgrading our stress management theories and skills accordingly. 

For most of us,  stressing becomes a way of life,  and we step into a comfort zone with it. We may begin to feel sometimes,  that we are not able to control the circumstances for the moment. But we can control our response to it. 

There of course, cannot be one style or strategy for all people. For each one of us, relief from stress comes in our own unique way. Whatever strategy works for one may not be ideally suited for the other. So it is important that we have, a number of stress management tools at hand.  Each one of us can decide,  which is the tool, best suited to us. 

Today I feel like suggesting, some very basic and simple strategies,  which can be worked from home, as it is, only in the privacy of our own homes are we far more relaxed than anywhere else, it is our natural comfort zone. So everything we do in our comfort zone works better and faster on us.
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How to be Stress-free and Feel Joyful!

Physical activity has always been given a lot of importance in health related issues, so we can even be justified in saying that,  stress is the direct result of how actively we have maintained our physical health.
 
I did discuss earlier,  how stressful experiences,  contribute in a big way to weight change,  and I do believe seriously that the control button to these changes,  is so very much within us. 

IMPORTANCE OF EXERCISE

Exercise can actually ward off many kinds of mental health problems, even before they start raising their heads. Research also tells us, that exercise can improve the symptoms of existing emotional and mental health issues.

We mostly on the normal scale, evaluate mental health issues, like stress specially, with psychological factors, and people land up with psychiatrists, psychologists and therapists for stress relief. 

These people need to realize the intrinsic value of physical exercise and the key role it plays in balancing our stress levels. It is only now that exercise is being recognized as the official part of the treatment for mental health issues.



EXERCISE CAN ALLEVIATE DEPRESSION
The main issue with stress is that it takes you into a level of depression and makes you redundant in your main activity level. 

SIGNS OF DEPRESSION
The main signs which take over when stress overwhelms us are fatigue, lethargy, decreased energy, insomnia, social withdrawal. 

PHYSICAL CHANGES
1. Unexplained aches and pains
2. Weight gain and weight loss 
3. Increased or decreased appetite

EMOTIONAL ISSUES ARISING
1. Sadness
2. Feeling of guilt
3. Loss of self esteem 
4. Helplessness
 
MOOD SWINGS
Irritability, anger, anxiety and pessimism, indifference and being critical are some of the ways in which we project our moods. 
 
CHANGES IN THOUGHT PATTERNS
Stress causes a lack of concentration, indecisiveness, confusion, disorganization and memory issues. On the other hand if we look at what exercise can do for us to eliminate these negative factors is amazing. 

PROMOTES POSITIVITY
It enhances the well being of the body, specially for those who feel mentally fit, improves moods, energy levels, quality of sleep. 

DECREASES STRESS HORMONES
Hormones like cortisol get decreased, increases the endorphins. The feel good chemicals in the body get enhanced. 

NATURAL BOOST TO IMMUNE SYSTEM
As the mood gets elevated,  it heightens the natural metabolism within us. 
 
PROMOTES CONFIDENCE
Since it helps us loose weight,  tones the body, maintains a healthy glow. There is a constant positive change happening within us. This naturally uplifts the self confidence. 

DISTRACTION FROM NEGATIVITY
Exercise takes your mind off your problems and you are able to redirect your thoughts on to a positive mode. 
 
SOURCE OF SOCIAL SUPPORT
When you join a yoga class or any group activity class like it maybe a spinning class or perhaps dancing, it gives an immense boost to stress release. 
 
OVERALL HEALTH BENEFITS
Regular exercise facilitates a lower heart rate, controlled Blood Pressure,  improved respiration, reduces depression and increases energy level. 

BETTER SELF WORTH
Looking good makes you feel good. We can say that more than half the battle of life's joyfulness is won, when you facilitate your own feel good factor. 

SOCIAL PHOBIAS
These are hugely generated by stress. Regular exercise, like swimming, cycling, aerobic exercise, running etc, these all help in alleviating stress by improving overall health condition. 

RECOMMENDATION
Before you start a strict physical discipline for yourself, I would suggest, you consult your medical doctor. Only he can advise you the best form of exercise, for your particular body type and physical condition. Consulting your dietician is also imperative. 
We are all unique individuals and require personal plans for ourselves. 

PLAN A COMMITMENT
Make your healthy well being, your topmost priority. Stay patient and consistent with your plan. Enjoy your results.
 
Be stress free and feel joyful. 

Gaining Weight and Stress

When we look all around us,  we can actually see people having a serious obsession with weight. This is why there are so many weight loss clinics, and gyms have gained a high level of popularity nowadays. 
 
One of the favorite lines of women in a party is " Oh I really think that you have lost weight " This is almost a cliche.  Yet we need to realize that, we actually hold the control button to this story of weight loss. 

Stress has a serious impact on how much we weigh. Sometimes it can be responsible for weight loss and sometimes for weight gain. 
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Evaluating your stress level and how to find relief

As over the years i have been talking of techniques for stress management,  I have also been observing the degrees of mounting stress all around me, at different levels, in different ways. As lifestyles evolve and grow, competitive attitudes seem to grow along with.  The planet seems to thrive on a burgeoning stress situation. People's minds are clogged with fears.  Unblocking these,  is what is required in a very planned and systematic way. 

I have been speaking about keeping the mind stress free from a general perspective, but one needs to also comprehend that,  since there are too many different ways of managing stress, we need to evaluate ourselves and realize, which would be the best possible way for oneself. 
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Organize Your Stress Away

Why must we wait for stress to overwhelm us before we look for a way to keep ourselves away from its insidious clutches. This is general human nature, we wait until things get insurmountable,  and then start looking for adequate measures to handle them. 

As normal balanced human beings,  we need to organize ourselves in such a way,  that stress really doesn't enter our lives. We need to figure what it is that keeps us empowered when we are facing a lot,  and what we need to do to keep us in that constantly aligned state, which facilitates the relaxation mode. 

We have to first delve into our level of awareness,  this is what holds the key to what we need to do to keep us calm,  happy and also find us the means to what keeps us centered, the ongoing techniques and formulas we need,  to maintain the balance. 

IDENTIFYING THE TYPES OF STRESS
This is honestly the first step we need to take,  to tackle our stress situation before it actually starts. 
The human beings natural state is joy,  but because he looses alignment with his own inherent self, he does not allow himself the state of balance and joy,  which is his true nature. He starts letting his environment and circumstances to influence him and then starts playing into the hands of various types of stressors. 
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Take the Sting Out of Stress with Mindfulness

April is National Stress Awareness Month – a "holiday" of sorts that invites us all to take the opportunity to acknowledge and address the stress in our lives. We all face stress from time to time, and some of us truly struggle with it. In fact, a recent study reveals that approximately 57 percent of people experience paralyzing stress, and 47 percent say their response to stress is to "take it out on themselves." Ouch.

One of the most effective ways we can reduce our experience of stress is through the practice of mindfulness. Mindfulness can be applied in many areas of life, and it offers us the chance to tap into our inner peacefulness in spite of whatever outside stressors we may encounter. Here are some mindful ways to take the sting out of stress this month, and anytime. Try them for yourself and see how much better you feel.

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The Unseen Tension Of Competition

In the competitive world of today, I feel that maximum amount of stress is actually carried by students. They are at the threshold of life and they feel a constant impulse of restlessness within themselves. It seems to begin even before they learn to speak. Parents are silently without a conscious awareness sending it through their vibrational signals to their kids.

Furthermore the environment around seems to enhance it. Everything around us seems to carry this unseen tension of what the future will bring along. There is a level of restlessness in everybody's mannerism. The body language of all people seems to limit this restlessness. Catching the signals and quelling the restlessness is imperative for the well-being of all.

Since exams are a constant in a student's life, their stress is continuous. I just feel the need to talk about how we need to handle this level of stress, which encompasses and impacts participation in classes, performance of tests on the general well being in a students life.
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How to Adapt to a Stressful Situation

I have always been talking about how to overcome stress. Today I feel I need to say something about adapting to a stressful situation.

We needn't constantly worry about overcoming or avoiding stress.  We need to also address the issue from another angle.  We need to accept the stress and then just comfortably adapt to it. 

 
Very often we are faced with stressful situations,  which we can understand are here to stay. It could be in terms of:

1. A job you need to keep
2. A relationship you need to stay on with 
 
It could also be any other situation which you feel cannot changed with immediate effect. You know if you allow the situation to overwhelm you,  it will take you into a level of chronic stress,  which is the cause of various health issues. 
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