style="margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding: 0px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10px; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; ">I know times are tough right now for many people. Almost everyone I know has had to cut corners, have dipped into their savings account, put off vacations and have started having to be much smarter about spending their money. Clipping coupons and buying things only when they are on sale has become the norm now. Do you constantly worry about money? Do you worry how you are gonna pay your bills? Do you make money decisions strictly from a scarcity mentality?
Stress is defined by Wikipedia as a term that is commonly used today but has become increasingly difficult to define. It shares, to some extent, common meanings in both the biological and psychological sciences. Stress typically describes a negative concept that can have an impact on one's mental and physical well-being, but it is unclear what exactly defines stress and whether or not stress is a cause, an effect, or the process connecting the two. With organisms as complex as humans, stress can take on entirely concrete or abstract meanings with highly subjective qualities, satisfying definitions of both cause and effect in ways that can be both tangible and intangible.
In other words, no one can really say exactly what stress is and no one can tell how it is going to look on you or me. It looks different on each of us. But I can attest to one of the huge negative effects stress has had on my body and the bodies of several women like me. One of the first signs that I am stressed out is I start to gain a few pounds and before I know it a few more pounds, even if I'm exercising. But, if I'm honest most of the time exercising isn't something I do because I am simply too tired.When you constantly worry, cannot turn off your brain, you begin to make not so great food choices you gravitate towards comfort food like a heading bowl of mac and cheese instead of a salad. And, then we wonder why we have no energy or desire to exercise.
Personally stress becomes an excuse and a trap that I often fall into because there are just some days that you are absolutely exhausted mentally and physically; but, there is a difference between your body being tired and your brain being tired. It's when you make matters worse and you add to the problem. You do this by shoveling crap in your mouth. But for me it is like an on-going merry-go-round because I know better so then, I beat myself up for eating bad and before you know it a few more pounds have magically appeared. Have you been there? Are you there now?
Unfortunately, if you continue down this path long enough your body will start to break down, break apart and that is when you will start to have health complications and get sick, really sick. Stress and all that comes with it, the consequences and the side effects, I believe are far more deadly than the medical field can pin point. All I know is that heart disease, cancer, liver disorders, diabetes and stress cannot live in a body that is not full of stress and disease.
So the answer that I have found that works best for me is that when my life is full of stress and I begin to feel out of control, I know this is my wake up call and my call to pay attention. This is the most critical time to take time of myself. Time to make eating healthy and exercising even more of a priority because it is the only way to balance out the stress that has been added. And, what is the side effect to this? It is to actually feel better about myself, which actually helps you feel like you have more control of your own life and the life you are living so guess what you reduce your stress level.
I certainly have lived life both ways and after spending years trying to rebuild my health back, I can honestly tell you that I would never go back to stuffing down my fears in a plate of spaghetti. How about you? What do you stuff your fears down with? And, isn't it time you give yourself a chance at a better life? Give yourself better tools to live a happier and healthier life.
Lisa Marichal is an Expert Body Image Consultant, Speaker and Writer who helps women and girls realize their own potential and gifts within themselves. You can visit her at [http://healthydoover.com/articles/] to learn more.
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