Relaxation Techniques to Control EatingPosted: Sep 02 in Lifestyle and Activity by Staff
Identifying your stressors is only part of the package when it comes to dealing with pressure or anxiety in your life. Learning some coping mechanisms is the next step in getting a good grip on stress. There are many different kinds of relaxation techniques out there, and finding the one that works best for you can take a little time. It can be helpful to experiment with a few and continue on with the ones that make you feel good.
Both Yoga and T’ai Chi are known for having a relaxing effect, so they may be something to try out. You can join a class if you want to, but there are also tapes and DVDs available that you can do at home. In general, exercise tends to help the body release stress and relax a bit. Meditation is another great way to keep things even and it can be done almost anywhere. You can try visualizing a pretty scene and just let your mind unwind, or try to think about each muscle group in your body relaxing–one area at a time. Many people also enjoy listening to music to help them feel good. Try a few of these techniques and see if any of them have a positive impact on you. Then you’ll have a coping strategy or two that you can rely on!
I will have to say that exercise has become my best friend. When I am stressed out and feel like I don’t want to talk to anyone, I go to the gym. It really does help with stress and actually helps with the “hunger” pains caused by the stress. After leaving the gym, I no longer feel like I need to eat! I get in a “zone” at the gym to the point that it is really hard to stop when I get going. A lot of times, I catch myself overdoing it and realize the following day when I am very sore!
I agree, exercise is a great way to relieve stress and curve the appetite. I am never hungry when I leave the gym. I also believe in deep breathing. If I have a stressful situation during the day, I just step back take a deep breath and count backwards in my head from 10. It helps relieve the feeling of anxiety and sometimes helps me make clearer decisions.