Lose the Stress, Lose Weight
Did you know that when you’re stressed, your body has trouble losing weight? Truth. And that’s sad since we seem to spend most of our waking time, and some of our restless sleeping time stressed out. It’s a vicious cycle.
Stress activates the part of our brain that signals the need for increased cortisol and adrenaline production. This is a perfectly normal and protective reaction by the body to prepare us for dealing with real danger. The body has readied itself to either run away or fight with this danger. But most times our stress is not a truly immediate life-threatening situation. Instead, it’s our daily work, money, and/or family stress that signals the same chemical faucet opening to flood our systems over and over with stress hormones.
As you know, our bodies have a hard time dealing with constant stress. A wide range of health issues results from ongoing stress, including weight gain. Cravings and stress-eating result from trying to not feel whatever it is that’s stressing you out. For those few minutes that you are enjoying your favorite snack, you’ve let go of the stress and negative feelings you were having. But then it’s back, along with guilt plus added stress over your reaction to your stress!
So perhaps the very first thing to consider if you are trying to lose weight is to try to lose the stress. EFT Tapping can help you with this on several fronts. You can tap directly for the stress of the moment to immediately reduce the intensity of the stress. “Even though I am so stressed out right now about __________(fill in words that work for you), I choose to let this go, and I choose to accept myself. Even though this _________ is making me feel really stressed, I accept how I feel, and I’m OK. Even though I am completely stressed about ____________, I choose to relax, and I completely love and accept myself anyway.” And use your words for your reminder phrases.
If you are eyeing the bag of cookies as an easy stress-relief method, you can tap on the craving sensation to reduce it before you dive in… “Even though the cookies are right there and I really, really want them, I accept how I feel and I’m OK. Even though I really need those cookies right now, I choose to take a breath, and I completely love and accept myself, just the way I am. Even though eating the cookies would feel so good, I accept my feelings and I completely accept myself anyway.”
By tapping right away, you will calm the body from either the cravings or the cause of your stress, and you will likely be blessed with one of the many benefits of tapping…a glimpse into the true emotions behind what you are experiencing. Another tapping opportunity!!!
Now that you’ve identified what you are really feeling, ask yourself: When did I first notice these feelings? What was going on at the time? Become your own private investigator to free yourself from any disruptions in your energy system. Tap on every single incident or feeling. If you run out of time before addressing each one, write down any remaining items and come back to them the next day. Complete your session by assuring yourself “Even though I know I haven’t addressed everything today, I know I will tap on the rest next time. Even though some of these things are a little too much for me right now, I know I will be ready for them next time. Even though I didn’t get to everything today, I choose to write them down now and tap on them next time.” And then follow through to see real results.
Stress and body weight are directly related.
Want to start using EFT on your own but don’t feel you know how? I’ve written a concise, step-by-step guide just for you called Emotional Freedom Techniques: The Art of Managing Stress Through EFT Tapping. It’s available in eBook for instant download or paperback, both on Amazon.
Keep Calm and Tap On!
Please remember: It's important to contact a professional if things feel too big for you, whether it be a physician, psychologist, psychiatrist, or certified EFT practitioner. Never discontinue your current medications without first consulting your doctor.