Cutting calories does freak me out. What if I get hungry later? What if I overeat and ruin my hard work? What if...?
I am learning not to be a perfectionist with expectations for myself as that's where a lot of my anxiety stems from. I try to answer the "what if" questions - it's not as bad as it seems. If I overeat, I'll just try again the next day. The world won't end, and I don't have to lose sight of my goals.
hi! I read the article. It is so true and it is a major roadblock to getting on track to controlling eating. Speaking as an anxiety-plagued individual, I needed to get help to successfully control binge eating.
Fitness has one more, vitally important role - it helps determine your attitude. Your attitude can spell success or failure. Like Henry Ford said "If you think you can do or can't do something, you're right." Optimists generally reach more goals faster than pessimists. And positive thinkers attract positive people, great candidates for your support team. Okay, so attitude is important. What does that have to do with Fitness? Studies show that optimists tend to be more mentally and physically fit than pessimists. In an extreme example, major depression can increase the death rate of nursing home patients by over 50%. Attitude and health feed off each other. You can live longer by reducing worry. In the same way, you can stay positive by reacting well to stress, getting better sleep, and being more creative. Stretching the mind and body can turn a broken-down wet blanket into a vibrant dreamer and achiever. Which approach do you think works better?
If you want to see the full potential of your goal achievement journey, keep in mind that fit, positive people:
* Are less irritable * Have an increased ability to interact with others * See opportunities rather than problems
We all have someone whose voice alone perks us up. Give them a buzz, even for a few minutes. Whether with a joke or a funny story, or just by listening, they will likely put a smile on your face and calm you down. Besides, what are friends for?
I'm sharing an article from Sparks dealing with Stress and the Holidays! The link to the article is shown below -- check it out and it may offer a few tips for you!
SATURDAY, Dec. 12 (HealthDay News) -- With pressures from the economic hard times, dysfunctional families and countless other factors, the holidays can contribute to emotional stress and depression.
But there are ways to cope with the various scenarios that people experience at this time of year, according to Dr. Laura Miller, director of women's mental health in the psychiatry department at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.
For instance, she suggests:
If seasonal depression gets worse in fall and winter ...
* A therapeutic light box, which provides powerful light beyond what you can come up with yourself, might help in the morning. A doctor can help obtain one. * Exercise can also make you feel better.
If you're busy and stressed out ...
* Take time for fun activities such as walking, meditating, exercising and hanging out with friends. * Consider buying prepared foods instead of trying to make everything yourself. * In general, reduce the number of activities that are more stressful than joyful.
If you can't afford the gifts you'd like to give ...
* Remember that people who care about you will be more interested in the fact that you thought of them than in the cost of your gift. Find a poem someone would enjoy and frame it. Or, bake something special for someone.
If you get anxious at social gatherings ...
* Self-help workbooks can help you develop skills to conquer social anxiety. Start now, though; don't wait until the day of the event.
If you've lost a loved one, and the holidays are especially tough ...
* Find a way to remember your loved one. Play the person's favorite music, for instance, or visit his or her grave, making sure to bring along family or friends who can help you cope.
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