Anxiety Causes Weight Loss
Forty million American adults are affected by anxiety (3). And anxiety can also be triggered by chronic stress. The stress hormones, adrenaline and cortisol, get triggered when you are super anxious, thereby opening the gateway for more stress.
If you have ever paced up and down, felt a dull pain in your chest, bitten your nails without even realizing it, or got up in the middle of the night drenched in sweat, you know what I am talking about.
Anxiety and stress go hand in hand. It always helps to be aware of the triggers that cause you to become anxious and stressed out. We will discuss what to do when you are stressed out in a bit. Let’s first check out some more symptoms so that it is easy for you to understand if you are losing weight due to stress.
1. Identify The Trigger
The first step to reducing stress is accepting that you are under stress and identifying the triggers. Is it work? Your relationship? Finances? A memory? Once you acknowledge what is causing you to get stressed, you will be in a better position to address the problem.
You will save a lot of time and energy just by focusing on your breathing. Close your eyes softly and start breathing in slowly. Feel the cold air entering your nostrils and into your windpipe. Count 1-5 and exhale slowly. Feel your chest moving down and the chest pain reducing a little. Do this 10 times every time you know that you are stressed out. You will feel calmer immediately.
3. Write Down How You Feel
The next step is to acknowledge your feelings. Are you feeling hurt? Angry? Hatred? Worried? Well, write them all down. Write what or who is causing you to get so stressed. Just like talking to a friend, your journal can help you vent out the negative emotions from your system. Do it, and you will feel lighter.
4. Seek Help
Life will throw lemons, and you will learn how to make lemonade. But, sometimes, the lemonade can turn bitter if you are not careful. My point is, you cannot do everything alone. It’s OK to seek help when you need it. Your strength lies in giving your body and soul the relief that they deserve. Talk to a professional or a friend. Slowly, you will start to develop a third perspective that will make the whole “stress situation” clear. It is going to help you take the burden off your shoulders.
5. Eat In Small Quantities
You might not feel hungry at all, we understand. That’s why we recommend you consume small quantities of food. It is going to be tough taking even a bite, but trust the process. Equip yourself to get back up, find your ground, and stay put. For that, you need a human being’s basic need – food! Eat just a little or make a juice or smoothie and drink it. You will slowly start getting back to your normal food habits.
6. Post-Workout Nutrition Is A Must
If you work out regularly and have been working out even more to get rid of stress, you must start drinking a post-workout smoothie to prevent unwanted weight loss. A post-workout drink will help replenish the electrolytes, proteins, and carbs that your body needs to recover from the workout. Start with a small quantity and then get to drinking a tall glass of a post-workout smoothie.
7. Start Learning A New Skill
Learning a new skill can help reduce stress. Learn what you always wanted to because there’s no better time than NOW. Learning stimulates the brain and keeps it occupied. You will also meet new people and develop a different outlook on life.
8. Make New Professional Connections
Work and professional life can be stressful. Make new professional connections, not necessarily from the same field. Sometimes, it is from various kinds of discussions that you might bump into a great idea that you can actually implement and that would show great results. Talking about something totally different from your profession can help you widen your professional network as well as your ability to think beyond what you already know.
Drink water and freshly pressed juices. Hydration is as important as food. Drinking water or juice will help flush out the toxic build-up and restore your body and brain functions. Add some mint leaves and cucumber slices to add a punch to the water. You will definitely start feeling better in no time.
One of the most important points to deal with stress is learning how to compartmentalize. This means, you know when you think about what. If you have a dwelling problem at your workplace and come home thinking about it, you will not be able to enjoy your time with your family or yourself. Yes, it can be difficult to do and will need practice. Try writing down what you need to do for the day and check those boxes when you finish those tasks. That way, you will remain focused on your work or on spending time with family.
Stress has become an integral part of our lives. But it doesn’t really have to be. The choice is yours – whether you want to reduce stress and enjoy life or dwell in thoughts and emotions that do no good for you or anyone. Choose the former because you deserve to experience all the joys and wonders life has to offer. Write to us if you think this post is helpful. And don’t forget to BREATHE! Take care.