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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch - Sleepy Eye, MN
  • Handling stress

  • How do you de-stress? When you think about stress, there are so many outside sources that can contribute to stress in your life, you don’t even realize how it can, and is affecting you.

     


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  • How do you de-stress? When you think about stress, there are so many outside sources that can contribute to stress in your life, you don’t even realize how it can, and is affecting you.
    One member in my Weight Watchers group said during our Monday meeting she had been working so hard cleaning her kitchen due to a remodeling project that she didn’t realize she was unconsciously eating more than normal. When she thought about it she than realized it was probably caused by the stress of needing to get everything done.
    Just think, if unconsciously we are eating, probably not because we are hungry, how many calories we can consume. Now add to that, the fact we eat when we think we are hungry as well. Is it any wonder we are an obese society?
    Remember when you were a child, your mother filled your plate with everything she prepared for a meal and you sat there until your plate was clean? How do we break that cycle/ mentality of needing to eat until we are stuffed?
    It begins with behavior changes. Taking smaller portion sizes. Slowing down while eating and savoring every bite. Did you know it takes 20 minutes for your brain to realize you are satisfied? Many times a person eats quickly and completes a meal in a much shorter time. By the time their brain realizes they are satisfied, they’ve over eaten and are past satisfied, but full to the point of uncomfortable.
    At the beginning I asked, “how do you de-stress?” Hopefully it is not with food! Here are some suggestions:
    •listen to music you find enjoyable.
    •get up and move. It doesn’t have to be a full fledge workout, but can be any type of activity that gets you away from whatever is causing your stress.
    •go for a walk.
    •call/talk to someone.
    •laugh. After all, laughter is the best medicine.
    •speaking to the women - remember, you are not superwoman and it’s OK to need some “me” time.
    Thought for the week: Every exit is an entrance somewhere else. – Tom Stoppard. 
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