Do you feel that you would be happier if you _____________?This is where you fill in the blank to where you think your happiness will come from. How many of you think that you will find happiness if you reach your body goals? Be honest. You think finally reaching your goal weight, or fitting into those jeans you kept "just in case" will make you happy. How many of you think life will magically be amazing and wonderful after you hit that goal? We all think that at some point in our lives. But guess what, you don't need that to be happy!
Your body is very sensitive to stress. When you start placing this undue stress on your body and spirit to accomplish something that may or may not be realistic, your stress hormones increase. This can be a bad thing if you want to lose weight. You heard of stress hormones, which are typically synonymous with the words adrenal fatigue, metabolic syndrome or damage.Studies show that chronic stress and elevated cortisol levels increase a person’s risk for depression, mental illness, and lower life expectancy. The stress hormone cortisol in particular is thought to be one of the primary culprits for poor quality health and a less than desirable quality of life.
However, you can definitely combat that stress with happiness which releases endorphins that pick your mood up. Just as negative feelings of stress, anxiety and depression are driven by a cascade of chemicals (hormones) such as adrenaline (norepinephrine and epinephrine) and cortisol, positive feelings of happiness and joy are also a biochemical process involving the release of endorphins, dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin. By maintaining a general overall happy, positive attitude throughout the day, you are keeping your cortisol levels low and boosting your own positive outlook, which will not only help prevent you from retaining fat, but also could contribute to better workouts!
First, wake up early and get to bed at a consistent time each night. Allow yourself to not rush your morning routine. This practice might mean taking 10 minutes to meditate or having your morning coffee without chugging it down. Create a morning routine that will leave you feeling happy and greatful for the day ahead.
You have control over your personal thoughts. Choose to be happy. Yes, you can choose to be happy. No one can make you feel a certain way. Learn to allow stress and anxiety to just roll off your back. When you are placed in a stressful situation, instead of reacting, choose to think of the positive and what can benefit you. If its not helping you, move on.
Live a life you love. Do the things you enjoy most often. Take the time to go outside and walk in nature daily. Happiness is like the ultimate, natural pre-workout. So the next time you get upset or feel anxious or choose a negative outlook when confronted with situations throughout your day, try to associate it with the fact that you are choosing to allow your body to hold on to or even store more fat via stress hormones.
Choose happiness, it does more for your body than you realize!