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May

The Simple Life

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Imagine waking up every morning with a smile on your face. Taking long, deep breaths on your way to work, without feeling the lull of fatigue or the impending frustrations of stressors that are out of your control. Now imagine feeling on top of the world, able to handle any obstacle that is tossed your way without feeling the pressure of potentially crumbling beneath everything that you do.

Eliminating all of the stressors in your life would be nearly impossible, but there is one major stressor that could be worsening every other frustration that you encounter. When you are physically feeling unwell, it becomes difficult to manage those mental stressors as efficiently. Taking a few steps to address the most constant stressors in your life after having weight loss surgery can free up a bit of mental space, pushing you one step closer to that stress free bliss we all dream of.

Managing Stress to Manage your Weight

There is a strong connection between your stress level and your weight level. When you are stressed you are more likely to overeat, and more likely to indulge in sweets you know you shouldn’t be eating. You are also less likely to exercise, less likely to sleep well, and in the end more likely to gain weight.

Between work commitments, the expectations of friends and the responsibilities that come with taking care of your family, life can get really busy, really fast. Embarking on a weight loss program requires making a commitment to spend time caring for yourself, and sometimes that means taking a bit of time away from other areas of your life. Unfortunately, this will often lead to push back from the people who became reliant on your generosity. By being strategic about how you spend your time and where you make your commitments, you can have the best of both worlds, finding time for yourself without completely cutting yourself off from the world.

The trick to accomplishing this is to simplify your commitments. For example, go through your calendar and consider what your most pressing engagements are. Limit extracurricular activities to one per season or school term. This will reduce how many nights of the week you need to be out of your home. You can also cut back on after-hour work commitments by limiting your volunteering to one-time events, rather than making long-term commitments. Finally, when it comes to caring for your home, think low-maintenance. Opt for landscaping designs and furniture coverings that require the least amount of upkeep so that you aren’t giving yourself more to do. Simplifying your life with these strategies can free up time and energy for you to focus on enhancing your health.