Stress, anxiety, and weight gain go hand in hand. A common cause of stress stems from a lack of time management skills. While it is normal to feel some levels of stress and anxiety, chronic stress can hinder weight loss no matter how well you eat and exercise.
Tips for Stress Management
While some people work better under pressure, others feel overwhelmed by stress and anxiety. Oftentimes people don’t realize how easy it is to reduce their stress levels, which will at the same time also positively impact their overall health.
- It only takes 10 minutes out of your day to organize your thoughts and tasks! A simple to-do-list can help you save precious time and calm your nerves by visualizing your daily goals.
- Set priorities by asking yourself what tasks need to be completed first and set deadlines for yourself. For example, instead of pushing yourself to “complete project A today,” break it up into individual parts. That way you won’t be disappointed about yourself if you didn’t manage to finished project A that very day. Instead, look at the bigger picture and do little by little each day.
- Most importantly, stop multitasking! Concentrate on one thing at a time, and pick a specific amount of time you want to spend on it. For example, set a timer to spend one hour working on task A, take a 10-minute break, and then move on to task B.
- If possible, delegate responsibilities! Although it’s nice to be in charge and difficult for some people to give up a certain degree of control, trust others and be a team player.
- Practice mindful eating. Take literally 60 seconds to reflect before eating your snacks and meals, and your body will start improving digestion in addition to reducing stress and anxiety.
If you follow these very simple rules, you will be rewarded with extra time at the end of your day. You will also feel more accomplished because you can actually check things off your to-do-list. Give it a try! You have nothing to lose!