Confession: Last week I had a super stressful day, which completely messed up my sleep!
I tossed and turned all night. Ugh. But that was just the tip of the iceberg.
The next morning, I was STILL stressed, plus I was overtired, so instead of drinking my normal morning water, I had an extra cup of coffee (or two).
Why am I telling you this?
Because that entire day, the last thing I wanted to do was follow my healthy habits.
I wanted ALL the food. I did not want to workout. And I felt even more tired as the day went on.
Being tired-stressed-dehydrated is a TRIPLE WHAMMY for your results.
It affects your body’s hormones in a way that not only makes it hard to achieve results, but actually encourages THE OPPOSITE of what you have been working toward!
Being tired, stressed, and even a little dehydrated can make you:
Feel HUNGRY all day
Crave unhealthy foods
Slow your metabolism
Store a higher percentage of body fat (especially around your belly)
Repeat the same sleep-stress-tired cycle tomorrow!
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Now, obviously having some stress is inevitable and normal. It’s a part of life!
But if you don’t have a method or strategy for MANAGING that stress, it can really throw a monkey wrench into your healthy habits.
This is why I *highly* recommend taking intentional downtime every day for:
Deep breathing exercises
Spending time in nature
Engaging in an activity that helps you destress – a hobby, praying, reading, etc.
Here’s what you can do when you are having one of those tired/hungry/stressed days, to help you feel better:
Drink 1-2 BIG glasses of water
Take 5 minutes in a quiet room to just sit and breathe
Eat a balanced meal that contains some protein to help you feel full
Workout / go for a walk outside
Make sure you go to bed early enough to get a full night of sleep (and don’t put your phone by your bed!)
It really can make a difference.
Here’s to a stress-free day!