Zap Stress With These 5 Tips (Tools) to Increase Your Patience

 

Everyone has certain triggers – people, places, or things – that make them feel impatient and stressed and the holiday season only adds more to it. It is important to figure out your most common triggers and think of ways that would help you successfully cope with them.

From fast food to instant contact via email and Smartphones, we are surrounded by products and services that provide instant gratification. The drawback to all of this instant service is that it can lead to unrealistic expectations for ourselves and others and destroys our capacity for patience.

Most of us are familiar with the frustration that begins to grow inside of us whenever we have to wait – for anything. Over time, this frustration causes our stress levels to build and can lead to a short temper along with increased blood pressure!

Try these methods to increase your patience and reduce stress:


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Are you feeling more bloated as you age?

 

Bloating is generally the result of not being able to properly digest foods.  These not-so-digested foods feel like they’re just sitting around causing discomfort and a general feeling of being stuffed and “gassy”.

It can happen at any age but if it seems to be more frequent as you’re getting older it can very well be because of your stomach’s reduced ability to produce enough acid for proper digestion.

Normally, when we eat cells in our stomach release more acid which is important for so many digestive processes like breaking down foods and activating enzymes.  As we age this process can become less efficient and the result can feel like it’s wreaking havoc on the rest of the digestive system.

Unfortunately, this can have wide-ranging effects on all of our digestion abilities “downstream” and that can result in bloating.

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Haven’t Changed Anything in Your Diet But Gaining Weight?

You are positive that you’re not eating more food or “junkier” food but you’re still gaining weight.

Is this possible?

Yes!  You are NOT crazy!

And here’s why.

We know that the whole “calories in, calories out” argument is an overly simplistic view of weight and it doesn’t work, never has, never will, otherwise our country wouldn’t have the obesity epidemic we have right now.

There’s definitely more to the story than just what you’re eating, right?

A lot of this comes right down to your metabolic rate which is affected by things like your activity level, history of dieting, body composition, and yes, even what you eat.

But, let’s go beyond the “eat less and exercise more” advice and dive into some of the less obvious underlying reasons why you may be gaining weight even though you’re eating the same.

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The Dangers of Artificial Sweeteners

You probably know the negative health effects of eating too much sugar, especially “added sugars” like in sodas, candy, baked goods, and many commercially-available cereals, just to name a few.  Added sugar is hiding just about everywhere in the grocery store aisles.

Yes, ingesting refined sugar spikes your blood sugar and insulin, and increases your risk for a whole host of issues.

A while ago, one of the food industry’s responses to the demand for lower-calorie foods that still taste great was artificial sweeteners.

The idea behind them is that you can still get the sweetness, without the calories; like when you have a “diet soda” versus a regular one. Theoretically, this was going to help people maintain a healthy body weight, and hopefully not increase anyone’s risk of heart disease, diabetes, or obesity. Read more