Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Tip of the Day

According to the National Institutes of Health, the following are signs/symptoms of stress:
  • Possible signs of stress
  • Anxiety
  • Back pain
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • High blood pressure
  • Insomnia
  • Problems with relationships
  • Shortness of breath
  • Stiff neck
  • Upset stomach
  • Weight gain or loss

Stress for me is a big factor when helping a client lose weight. Many are in conscious denial - refusing to even see that stress affects them adversly. Here is

  • Don't worry about things you can't control, such as the weather.
  • Prepare to the best of your ability for events you know may be stressful, such as a job interview.
  • Try to look at change as a positive challenge, not as a threat.
  • Work to resolve conflicts with other people.
  • Talk with a trusted friend, family member or counselor.
  • Set realistic goals at home and at work.
  • Exercise on a regular basis.
  • Eat well-balanced meals and get enough sleep.
  • Meditate.
  • Participate in something you don't find stressful, such as sports, social events or hobbies.

Hope that helps!!! I also strongly suggest writing inspirational quotes on index cards and reading the before bed each night!!!!

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