Hi! If you’re reading this post then I’m guessing you’re interested in taking a more focused look at this idea of “stress management”. If you follow along with me over these next six weeks, you will be taking some time to identify your stressors, figure out what your coping patterns are and start replacing any negative patterns with healthier ones. As we go I’ll also be sharing science based information to help you understand the science behind stress and how it affects things like sleep, appetite and health goals AND give you any tools I (and my intern) have found to help out!
I know this is a little different from my usual recipe and sports nutrition posts, but I think this topic and practice is SO IMPORTANT no matter who you are or what you are trying to accomplish (I’ve done lots of research because this topic fascinates me!). In my last seven years in Wellness not only have I read and researched the role stress plays in our health, but I have also seen the toll that stress can have on ones food choices, weight, drive to exercise, and overall health and well being. I think it’s so important that I have started a program at the organization where I work. Because I feel it’s so important, I also wanted to give you guys some of the science-based information and resources that I will be sharing.
I don’t think everyone realizes what stress can really do to us. It affects our cardiovascular health, our ability to maintain or build lean muscle, our ability to lose or maintain weight, our overall mood and so much more. Therefore, this topic applies to athletes, young and older alike, exercise enthusiasts, moms, dads, aunts, uncles and those working away in the corporate world.
I’m going to give you one mini challenge each week but I’ll also be sharing my information, tools and resources with you to help out. And, I’ll be doing it along with you! So stay tuned in to my Instagram and Blog!
SO, What Are the Details?
WHAT: A six-week challenge devoted to being mindful of your stressors, examining how you cope and building healthier coping habits to keep you on track with your health and fitness goals.
WHEN: I’ll be sharing a new post with new info and a new mini challenge each week. And I’ll point you to some resources that may be helpful!
WHY: To learn a bit about stress and how it affects our health AND to start building healthier stress coping habits
WHO: Anyone who is motivated and ready to make a few lifestyle changes. It’s up to you to make the changes. I’m just here to give you guidance, a structured program, and some resources along the way.
Happy fueling & take care!