Chronic tension alters hormones like adrenaline, corticotropin and cortisol, which can increase your appetite and make you store more fat.
Normally, cortisol peaks in the morning, then decreases throughout the day. But a multi-center study found that women facing stresses at home often fail to show a drop in cortisol in the evening. That’s when you’re likely to turn to high-carb, high-calorie snacks for the soothing serotonin they trigger.
Better, when the stress is getting to you, listen to your favorite music, or go outside for some “eco-therapy” (aka: a walk!) advises Kathleen Hall, PhD., founder of The Stress Institute in Atlanta. What may be most effective of all: concentrate on something you’re grateful for.
“It’s psychologically impossible to be grateful and stressed at the same time because the two emotional states of mind release different types of hormones”, says Hall.
Remember: your state of mind controls your thoughts and your thoughts control your actions. Ask your hypnotist for more information on how to use self-hypnosis to reduce your stress level.