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Tips to stop your stressed out snacking


Drink Water and lots of it. Buy a reusable water bottle that speaks to you and you enjoy looking at. Carry this with you and aim to refill it four to six times per day depending on the size. Fluid losses occur continuously throughout the day, from skin evaporation, breathing, urine, and stool, and these losses must be replaced daily for good health.
Exercise, Run, Jump, Play whatever it may be continual body movement is an excellent stress reliever. Exercise causes a release of chemicals called endorphins into your blood stream. These give you a feeling of happiness and positively affect your overall sense of wellbeing.
Eat an Orange!  Everyone knows that oranges are filled with vitamin C, but did you know that they lower blood pressure and stress hormones too?
Get your butt outside! Yes it is bloody cold out there but a breath of fresh air will do your mind wonders.  We all understand how trees and plants take carbon dioxide and turn it into oxygen, which humans need to breathe. As it turns out there is a self-protective chemical that they give off as well, called phytoncides. This chemical is at the center of some stress-reduction studies that have shown people who spend time walking in the forest versus in the city have both lower blood pressure, and lower amounts of the stress hormone cortisol.
Lay your head down…even better if you can wing a 20-minute catnap…do it. Napping is good for our heart, blood pressure, stress levels, and surprisingly, even weight management.
Lastly…Own Your Stress…these days people are busier than ever before. In most situations both spouses living together are working outside of the home…throw children in the mix with driving them to daycare or school then getting to work yourself…then after work/school activities it seems everyone is living for the weekend. We tend to create our own stress. Sometimes we stress about being stressed! Take a closer look at your daily routine…maybe it isn’t so bad.