Your Mood and Weight Loss – The Connection

Melancholy and depression can affect many of us at various points in our lives, and for an array of complicated reasons. When we find ourselves in the midst of being melancholy, it can be difficult to identify the exact cause, or think of just what must be done in order to get things back on track. As you will continue to read, there is definitely a connection with your mood and weight loss.

We often lose our motivation, energy, and drive when we fall into such states, and it can be exceedingly difficult to even establish a meaningful degree of hope and optimism about the future – including our health and weight. Being in a bad mood can affect all aspects of our life including our drive and motivation to exercise.

Personally, when I am in a bad mood, the LAST thing I want to do is exercise. It is at that point, all I want to do is the opposite – eat! Even though we may feel this way, it is definitely in our best interest to fight through those urges. Our willpower must kick in.

So when you experience those moods, what can you do to overcome it? Well, when such moods strike, one of the best things to do is to go easy on yourself and to try and exercise a bit of self-care. Perhaps this means you should put some of your usually busy schedule on hold and fit in a few practices that can help you to rediscover your center and experience a bit of peace and rejuvenation.

We all know that stress can wreak havoc on our mood. When our bodies are under stress, the stress hormone, cortisol, is released. It is during those times, instead of reaching for the healthy things to eat, we do the opposite and reach for the fatty, sugary foods.

The best way to handle stress is to do things that will decrease our stress levels. Here are some holistic health practices that can help to improve your mood:

1. Meditation
Mindfulness meditation is one of the oldest holistic health practices out there, and has been shown in scientific studies to have a positive effect on mood, as well as things such as self-control.

There are different approaches to performing meditation, but the basic idea is simple. Focus on a particular thing — your breath, a sound, or the feel of the ground beneath you — and keep redirecting your focus there as distractions arise.

If you are someone how has been meditating for a while, you have the hang of it. If you are new to meditating, watch the helpful video below:


2. Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy uses essential oils to soothe and heal the body, and can be performed either by applying the oils directly to the skin and massaging them in, or by adding them to a bath, or diffusing them into the air and inhaling the vapors via an essential oil diffuser.

Also referred to as essential oil therapy, they have been shown to help people overcome various health-related problems and are known to have verified and measurable effects.

You may buy essential oils from a variety of places, as noted in the video, but please feel free to click on the aromatherapy link above to purchase. To learn more using aromatherapy in a diffuser and how it affects your mood, watch the following video:


3. Yoga
Yoga combines various poses with breathing and meditative practices, in an attempt to elevate the consciousness and wellness of the individual, holistically. Some people truly enjoy yoga and say its a great way to maintain a positive attitude and relieve stress. As I published earlier, yoga has several benefits.  Many practitioners believe there is a connection between weight loss and yoga.

For some people, yoga is the connection you make with your body and with that, people become more aware of what they consume. While yoga will not give you extreme weight loss, you can still burn calories. For more information, visit “The Benefits of Yoga for Women Over 50“. There, you will several videos of a variety of yoga poses that not only help you relieve stress and anxiety, but also, aches and fatigue.

4. Changing habits
Changing your habits when it comes to the consumption of caffeine as well as smoking, drugs and alcohol can change your mood as well. Kicking any addictions will naturally improve your mood in the long-run. Dependence on caffeine can lead to elevated stress hormone production, which in turn skews your body’s overall hormone balance, organs can become overtaxed and fatigued. The ultimate consequence of all of this, is that fatigue mounts, sleep suffers, and mood plummets.

Letting go of addictive substances may make you feel worse in the beginning, but the stability of your mood should be much higher a few months down the line, then resulting in a healthier you.

Stress is certainly not healthy for so many reasons including weight gain. There are things we can do to lessen the stress levels in our lives as discussed in this article. Take a moment to reflect on the things that are creating stress in your life and take action to decrease the stress. In the long run, it will be very beneficial to your body.

I like to hear from my readers so tell me if this information was helpful or feel free to ask any questions you may have.


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