No matter how many yoga classes you go to or how calm you try to stay, life is going to throw some stressful moments at you. One day you might realize you totally forgot about a work presentation due in an hour while the other you might get a call from your child’s teacher about some issues your kid is having in school. But whenever something like that happens and you start to tense up, there are things you can do to stop the stress in its tracks. Everyone is different, so try a few of these to see what works best for you:
Sticking to your workout routine is a challenge once daylight savings kicks in. Not only does it get darker earlier, it’s cold–and even if you’re planning to sweat indoors at the gym, you still have to go outside (and likely warm your car up) to get there. But staying active during winter can not only help maintain your weight, research published in The American Journal of Psychiatry found that as little as an hour of exercise a week can also help combat against depression and seasonal affect disorder during those colder, darker days.
If you’re a frequent runner, you might find the sport more difficult mentally than physically, and for good reason. Studies have shown that mental fatigue, a state caused by prolonged periods of demanding cognitive activity (like running), can directly impact your physical performance. The mental drain can spill over into your run, affecting how successful you’ll be at logging miles. And while the thought of meditating (i.e. quieting your mind in order to completely clear your thoughts) may seem like a surefire way to put your legs on “snooze mode,” the opposite may actually be true.
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Between celebrities shilling appetite suppressants and reality shows extolling extreme weight loss at any cost, it may seem like seeing the right number on the scale is the golden ticket to total health and happiness. But recent cultural debate and a growing body of research suggests that measuring your weight is just one piece of the wellness puzzle.