Time-Out from Holiday Stress, Weight Loss Included
'Tis the season. ‘Tis the season to be jolly, to spread holiday cheer, to buy and wrap gifts, to attend holiday programs, and to continue family traditions, all while keeping up with your regular duties, such as work, school, family, and healthy living, of course.
‘Tis the season, indeed. Do you need a break? Here is why stress is harmful and ways you can lower your stress to stay on your weight loss path.
Risks of Stress
Stress gets to you. The dangers of stress are not just in your head. They are real. Too much stress can make you anxious and jittery. It can keep you from sleeping and bump up your blood sugar. It can interfere with concentration, so you have trouble getting to the gym and keeping your resolve to say no to sugar and carbs. Is this happening to you?
Where Is Stress Coming from?
The stress that can be harmful is not only from obvious, overwhelming circumstances such as losing a job or getting into a bad argument with a family member. Harmful stress can come from being too busy, not getting enough sleep, and feeling pressure to please others. Sound familiar?
Nutrients for Stress
Many vitamins and minerals are necessary to properly manage stress, so taking a Multivitamin and Mineral supplement is a good insurance policy against deficiencies. Some nutrients are more closely tied to stress and are commonly deficient, and you may want to look into a product with extra magnesium and calcium to help relax your mind and muscles.
Sharpen Your Focus
You may need laser focus to accomplish all your tasks and stay on track with your diet. For help, turn to Zen Essential Oil Infused Lip Balm. It soothes and prevents parched, chapped lips, which is already a boon after weight loss surgery or during the cold, dry winter months. This lip balm has peppermint and lavender oils to help you focus better while you stay relaxed and calm. By the way, this one is a great stocking stuffer.
A Hot Sip
Millie’s Sipping Broth was not specifically designed for this time of year, but it might as well have been. Curling up with a hot drink is itself comforting and it forces you to take some time for yourself. These steepable bags can rejuvenate you and boost focus with their base of green tea and flavors such as Curry Spice, Spicy Tortilla, Thai Lemongrass, Tomato Basil, Delight Pho, and Smoky Facon. Each flavor is gluten-free and vegan and is available in a 3-pack, 9-pack, or as part of the Variety Pack.
A Hearty Instant Meal
So much is going on these days that it can be hard to get a good lunch during a busy day or a healthy dinner at the end of a long day. An Instant Protein Entrée can give you the weight loss meal you need, while saving valuable time and effort to reduce stress. They can keep you from feeling deprived when you have high-protein, low-carb options such as Turkey Chili, Spaghetti and Meatballs, and Gravy with Beef Pot Roast.
A bit of a break can make the difference between staying on track and regretting your choices, so give yourself one!
- Alex Brecher