April 2016 Newsletter
Greetings, all! Many times when I begin the monthly newsletter, I tend to get desperate for material and peruse the weird national holidays that take place during that month. Among my favorites for April are National Ex Spouse Day, No Housework Day, Hairstyle Appreciation Day, Hug an Australian Day, National Tell A Lie Day, Russian Cosmonaut Day, and my personal favorite, the alarmingly morose Plan Your Epitaph Day. However, there is one of these “holidays” (to use the term loosely) that actually sticks out and is relevant from a weight loss vantage point, and this is National Stress Awareness Day on April 16th. I imagine it is no coincidence that this comes the day after tax season concludes.
Life stress is a topic that I discuss with most every patient who comes through our door. Most of you know at this point that a high-stress lifestyle is not conducive to maintaining a healthy weight or a healthy mind. However, it is without a doubt very difficult to combat it. I know this because it is very rare that I see people take actual concrete measures to reduce the amount of stress in their lives.
I’ve attached an article from Psychology Today that discusses how stress affects our health. The only thing I would like to note is that the article does not mention stressor reduction (the stressor being the cause), only stress management (the stress being the effect). Even though some life stressors are not a choice on the individual’s behalf, there are some that we have the ability to counter-influence. In addition to looking at how to manage the stress in your own life, I would challenge you to also look at the cause(s) and really evaluate if there is anything (or anyone) you can distance yourself from or a situation that you can alter in the name of your own mental health. This is always easier said than done, but paying the price of your health to avoid interrupting the flow of things can seem like a questionable sacrifice when you look back.
We are fully committed to providing you with all of the necessary tools to support you in achieving your weight loss goals. If you have further questions or concerns between follow-up visits please feel free to contact us.
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