Now that warm weather is upon us and summer is rapidly approaching, many, many of us are resolving to get more fit--to have more energy for summer fun, to feel more comfortable in summer clothes, or just to fulfill those forgotten New Year's goals of staying healthier. As you may or may not know, stress does play a role in such things--it can change your cravings as well as your habits--but fear not! If you have any interest in weight loss or fitness (or know someone who does), here are some tips for meeting your diet and exercise goals, even when stressed.
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What Causes Emotional Eating?
Even if we know what we're supposed to be eating, there are additional
factors that influence how much and what type of food we consume. One of
these factors is stress, which is linked to increased emotional eating.
Emotional eating has many causes. Learn about the main reasons--besides
hunger--that stressed people eat, and find resources to stop emotional
How To Stop Emotional Eating
As anyone who's watching their weight will tell you, hunger is just one of
many reasons that people eat. If you're an emotional eater, you may find
yourself eating to deal with uncomfortable emotions, using food as a reward
when you're happy, and craving sweets or unhealthy snacks when stressed.
This article can help you to cut down emotional eating and develop healthier
eating habits--even when stressed!
Diet Tips For The Stressed
Despite best intentions, many people find themselves falling short of their diet ideals due to various 'diet traps', or factors that may sneak in and sabotage a healthy diet. The following diet tips can help you to combat some of the main diet traps people encounter, and maintain a healthy diet that keeps you feeling great.
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Source: Bray, George. Pounds Lost. New England Journal of Medicine February 26, 2009.
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Summertime...and the living is easy, right? Well, not always. While we tend to expect a more relaxed lifestyle during summer, and the season definitely has its perks, summer can bring its share of unexpected stress. This blog explores areas of hidden stress that affect many of us during the summer season, brings you ideas for summer stress relief, and allows you to share your own insights and tips for summer zen. Here's how to REALLY stay cool this summer!
- Secret Causes of Summer Stress
Summer, like the holiday season, is a time of year that most of us look forward to with childlike excitement, only to realize about halfway through that things can be much more stressful at this time than when we were experiencing it as kids. What are the new stressors of summer? Here are a few of the biggies. (Don't worry--you'll find help with them, too!)
- How To Avoid Summer Stress
How does one keep summer stress at bay and keep cool, so to speak? Here are several ideas you can use to keep this summer relaxing and fun, and let any additional stressors roll off your back.
- How Do You Relieve Summer Stress?
Summer stress can take you by surprise. We expect fun during summer, not stress; but added summer responsibilities--kids underfoot, travel plans gone awry, vacationing co-workers, etc.--can leave us feeling more stressed than blessed. What stresses you during summer, and how do you handle the stress?
During October, otherwise known as Emotional Intelligence Month, I pledged to bring to your awareness the numerous, more-obscure-but-still-important holidays and observances that relate to stress management. (You can read more about it here.) May is Family Wellness Month.
Because May is Family Wellness Month, and because Summer is coming up, this blog brings you information on staying healthy, staying active and, of course, relieving stress. Here are health and stress management strategies for people of all ages.
- Strategies for Family Health
Family health is important--and increasingly hard to obtain these days. With busy schedules and childhood diseases on the rise, it's important to maintain healthy habits to maintain a healthy family. Here are some top strategies for family health.
- Kids and Stress Management
We don't always think of kids as being as stressed as we adults, but children do face significant stressors in their lives, and react to that stress. Learn more about kids and stress, and find stress management strategies that can work for them.
- Readers, Respond! Healthy Family Strategies
With families finding themselves busier than ever, it's often difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle. As a result, obesity rates and juvenile diabetes, among many other conditions, is on the rise. That's why it's important to maintain strategies that keep your family healthy. What are some of the habits and strategies that you've adopted to keep your family healthy?
As summer approaches, many people are stressing over their summer travel plans. In addition to the regular stressors of travel, and especially those of travel with kids, we now have higher gas prices to contend with. If these issues are weighing heavily on your mind, here are some resources to help.
- How To Reduce the Stress of Travel
While travel has always been a somewhat stressful experience, increased airport security and other factors have made travel even more stressful in recent years. Here's how to make the experience less stressful.
- How To Reduce The Stress of Traveling With Kids
Let's face it: traveling with kids is a lot more complicated, and can be stressful. Here's how to make the experience much less stressful, and perhaps even make getting there part of the fun!
- How To Save Gas While Traveling
Driving used to be the frugal way to travel. Now that gas prices are at record highs, here are some tips to save gas on your next vacation and make it as frugal as possible.
- More Tips for Frugal Traveling
Because more of your budget may be spent on transportation, here are some useful tips for saving in other areas of your vacation budget.
Because vacations are important
for your wellbeing, hopefully these resources can enable you to still take a stress-relieving vacation this summer!
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