Not managing high stress levels effectively can make you pile on the weight.

Many people seek comfort in consuming foods that are high in fat or sugar – basically foods that are high in calories – when under stress. This can affect your health and well-being in several ways, one of them being weight gain.

Here are three ways that may help you to lower your stress levels.

Get a workout

Engaging in some form of physical exercise or activity is a fabulous way to release stress while burning some calories too! If you are not one who enjoys the gym atmosphere, don’t worry. You can engage in whatever exercise you want to, whether it’s going for a run on the beach, joining a yoga class or even playing some sport with some of your friends. Keep it fun and enjoy reaping the benefits that exercise has to offer!

See a professional

Sometimes it helps to de-stress by talking to others. If you do not have someone that you are close to or someone who will listen to you without judging you, relax. Seeing a professional may be a better option for you. If you do not know of any professional in this field, ask your doctor for a recommendation.

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Avoid taking on more than you can actually handle

Taking on more tasks than you can really cope with, can leave you feeling overwhelmed, tired and stressed. Do not be afraid to be honest. Say no if you have to. Your friends and loved ones will understand. Your health comes first.

You may find it useful to make lists of things that need to be done. Prioritising the items that are most important can help you to reduce your stress levels. Stay calm and positive and you will be better able to manage your stress levels.

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