Stress, Relaxation, Relax, VoltageToday you’re likely to feel more stressed than ever before. Even people who don’t actually feel stressed are likely to experience stress-related physical symptoms such as fatigue, irritability, anxiety, headaches, digestive problems, depression and lack of interest.   Chronic stress may also increase your risk of weight gain. Statistics show these symptoms are increasing doctor visits.

Researchers tell us stress increases the production of the hormone cortisol, which research shows increases your body’s likelihood of storing abdominal fat, or belly fat, the place it’s most detrimental to your health.   Try these 6 tips for dealing with stress.

  1. Slow and deep abdominal breathing, at least 3 to 5 times will often help calm you down.
  2. Allow yourself time for rest, repair and recuperation.
  3. Exercise regularly – three to four times a week.
  4. Reach for celery. Yes, celery. Long used as a nerve tonic, it is also excellent to nibble on during extreme hot weather.
  5. No matter what happens, make the decision to have a positive attitude.
  6. Put on your favorite music and enjoy a moment of quiet time.