POSTED ON April 10, 2014
It’s a feeling experienced by everyone. Sometimes you might feel like you’re barely hanging on by a thread, and at other times you might be tempted to leave all your stress behind and go on an impromptu vacation with no return date. Trust me, we’ve all been there at one time or another. And while some stress can have positive effects on your life, too much can really wreak havoc on your health and on your efforts to lose those extra pounds. This negative stress can stem from a seemingly endless list of culprits—relationships, work, finances, loneliness, depression, unmet expectations, an over-scheduled calendar, health problems, and so on—and if you’re not good at managing it, stress can cause all kinds of issues with your digestion, heart, immune system, brain, and blood vessels, as well as headaches, sleep problems, muscle aches, anxiety, restlessness, irritability, anger, sadness, depression, a lack of motivation or focus, changes in your sex drive, and many others.
That list alone is enough to cause some pretty serious stress!
Here are some sobering statistics on stress from WebMD:
- Almost half of all adults experience health issues caused by stress.
- Between 75-90% of all doctor’s visits are for symptoms and illnesses caused by stress.
- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) found that stress costs American companies more than $300 billion annually.
Stress is a natural response to the challenges you face every day, and when it hits, certain hormones are released to help you deal with it. If you’re trying to lose weight and you’re continually feeling stressed out, these hormones can cause you to gain weight or make it really difficult to lose weight if you don’t deal with stress in productive ways. It’s a vicious cycle: You feel stress, you’re too busy to eat healthy and/or you overeat because you’re stressed, you have a hard time reaching your weight loss goals, and this causes even more stress!
So how can you put the stresses of life in their proper place? Check out these stress-fighting tools:
- Be aware of what causes your stress. It’s easier to do something about it if you’re aware of it. Make notes on a calendar, keep a journal, or whatever works best to track your stress levels and stressors.
- Exercise regularly. Not only will you burn calories, but when you work out, biochemicals are released that help you feel better. And sometimes the worst thing about stress is feeling helpless to do anything to fix the problem, so exercising is something you can “do”! Promise yourself you’ll do at least 5 minutes of exercise every day, no matter what.
- Get enough sleep. Believe me—I know how hard this can be. I also know life goes much better, no matter how stressful it is, when I get enough sleep.
- Make time to relax. Even a few minutes here and there throughout your day can make a difference. Ever tried yoga? It’s a great way to relax and workout at the same time!
- Be grateful. There is always something to be grateful for, and when you can focus on the positive, the negative gets put in its proper place.
- Eat regular, healthy meals. Your blood sugar levels will stay steady, your body will have the nutrients it needs to function properly, and it’ll be easier to control your appetite. And you’ll just feel better.
- Avoid caffeine and alcohol, which can actually increase your stress and decrease your blood sugar levels.
- Build strong relationships with family and friends. It’s always good to have people you can vent to, rely on, go to for advice, and simply have fun with!
- Make time to do things you enjoy, and go for quality over quantity during stressful times.
- Serve others. It’ll help put your own problems into their proper perspective, and it always feels awesome to help someone in need.
And lastly, remember these words of wisdom: “When we long for life without difficulty, remind us that oaks grow strong under contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure” (Peter Marshall). The stresses of life can make you stronger, more giving, and an all-around better person when you’re able to deal with them in positive ways.
Day 22: I’m Thankful for Such a Wonderful Thanksgiving Day…
POSTED ON November 28, 2013
Day 22. I’m thankful for such a wonderful Thanksgiving Day with the people I love most.
Happy Thanksgiving!!! Love, The Powell Pack
Day 21: Today (and Everyday) I am Thankful for This Little Sleeping Beauty
POSTED ON November 27, 2013
Day 21. Today (and everyday) I am thankful for this little sleeping beauty. I swear, her sweet little spirit was meant to be a part of our family at this time. The Man upstairs must have known that life was going to be crazy for the Powell Pack when she made it into this world. He must’ve taught her to be patient, sweet, mellow, mild-mannered, and cuddly (which Mom needs :)). She is all of these things and so, so much more. I love our Ruby Lane :) .
Day 19: I Am Thankful for Good Friends
POSTED ON November 23, 2013
Amazing shirt from an amazing friend. Beth Goodman – what would we do without you guys? Day 19 – we are SO thankful for good friends
Day 17: I’m Thankful for 4 Hours of Sleep
POSTED ON November 21, 2013
I’m thankful for the 4 hours of sleep I got bundled together last night. This might sound like I’m being facetious, but I assure you that I am not. With so little sleep over the last week, 4 hours was a total dream last night :).
Thank you, Baby Ruby, for sleeping a little longer than usual last night. xoxo
Thankful for Fashionable Friends @ Lunchpails & Lipstick
With Baby Ruby here, our Powell Pack is officially a 6-Pack ☺. While we are enjoying her to the max and BEYOND grateful, I have to admit that my time for ME is becoming harder and harder to find…and I thought 3 kids was busy ;). Four is even busier…but WAY more fun!
With holiday parties around the corner (and us hosting Thanksgiving right here at the house!) I called in the help of my good friends at Lunchpails and Lipstick to help this fashion-challenged mama (yes, me) get ready for these holidays. Instead of keeping all of their great secrets for myself, I thought I’d share so you ladies can get some style ideas for all of the parties on your horizons ☺.
Day 16: Today, I am every-so-thankful for my fashionable friends at Lunchpails and Lipstick. Enjoy their tips for Holiday Fun!
by Lunchpails and Lipstick
Add a little fun to your festive fashion this year with these timeless styles and accessories.
Holiday Party Tips:
- You can never go wrong with a red lip for your holiday party. If bright red seems a bit scary, choose a brownish red or even a red gloss.
- When in doubt wear a metallic shoe! Gold, silver, pewter, bronze..they are all a neutral and will add an element of fun to your outfit!
- A holiday party is the perfect excuse to wear sequins. Go for it!
- Make sure you feel comfortable in your dress. If it’s too tight now, it will surely be extra snug once the festivities are over. Don’t be afraid to by one size up and have it tailored to fit you perfectly.
- A must have for every clutch are breath mints, gloss, powder and a small roller perfume or sample size. Who knows, you may just get lucky that night.:)
- We recommend you eat something before the party. Something healthy like a salad, soup, and definitely some protein. Hopefully this will prevent you from over eating so your perfect holiday ensemble will fit throughout the party season!
- Most importantly wear what you like. This is the season to take risks, go glam and have fun!
Holiday Attire links:
1. Jeweled Triangle Necklace
2. Vail Dress
3. Jeweled Cuff
4. Shaken And Stirred Graduated Linear Earring
5. Michael Kors ‘Yvonne’ Sandal
6. Glint ‘Pearl Encrusted’ Clutch
Black and Gold links:
1. Blaque Label Faux Leather & Pleat Chiffon Maxi Dress
2. Big Tassel Necklace
3. Zany by Report
4. Expressions NYC ‘Crinkle’ Box Clutch
5. Eliza J Dot Mesh Bodice Fit & Flare Dress
Lisa, Jenna & Summer
For more great fashion ideas and to connect with the fabulous ladies of
Lunchpails & Lipstick, connect with them here:
Day 10: I am Thankful for My Health
POSTED ON November 15, 2013
I am so thankful for my health. This post could go on forever, but I’ll keep it simple. I am grateful for the body I’ve been given that loves to move, lift, jump, climb, run, handstand, and burpee.
I am thankful for the knowledge I have to keep my body healthy. Without this, I would be lost. I am so grateful for the opportunity to share this knowledge with whoever will listen, in hopes of creating many more happy and healthy bodies around the world.
I am so appreciative of the machine I call my body, and so amazed at the potential the human body has.
Day 9: Today I am Thankful for…
POSTED ON November 14, 2013
Maybe because I was so darn tired last night when I went to sleep, but gosh…it felt the most comfortable bed in the entire world. And it seems to every night. It’s nothing fancy, believe me. But it is my bed – and was such a heavenly spot that I did not want to leave this morning when the alarm went off ☺.
Day 8: I’m Thankful for My 3 Brothers
POSTED ON November 12, 2013
My brothers – G-mo, Darryn and Denver
Another day of gratitude :). Believe it or not, this is getting harder and harder to write each day. There are so many things to be grateful for, I have a hard time choosing each day. I feel like these posts might need to go on for life, just to express all that I am thankful for.
How can I not acknowledge the three boys that gave me thick skin? G-mo (yes, pronounced GeeMo), Darryn, and Denver are, without a doubt, the best brothers this world has ever seen. I smile, laugh, and cry as I type this (and cringe…I know I’ll get some kind of crap from them for being so mushy ;)).
These boys taught me to never take myself so darn seriously. They taught me to laugh at myself when others (or they) laugh at me. They taught me that blood is thicker than water. Some friends can come and go…family is there for life. They taught me that we can fight like cats and dogs one second, but we’re all hugs and high fives the next. Nothing will ever change how much we all love, support, and got each others backs. They taught me that there is no one I’d rather fight for me than my brothers (alongside Chris, of course)…they take family seriously, and no one better mess with their sister (except them, of course).
They remind me each day that I will always just be their little or big sister…and help keep me grounded with all we have going on in life. These boys will never let my head get too big no matter how crazy this roller coaster gets, and for that, I am forever grateful.
They remind me daily by their examples that family is the most important thing in this world.
They are the best family I could ever have.
I love and am so thankful for my brothers
Day 6: I’m Thankful for Another Day
POSTED ON November 10, 2013
Six days in on this Month of Thanks thing. I’m a little late today…but no less grateful.
Today, I am grateful for another day…another day with just 3 kids. I am over the moon excited about Little Missy’s arrival, but considering we are at the tail end of our 3rd move in 4 months (yes…I’m serious), I couldn’t be more grateful that our bun decided to stay cooking in her oven for just one more day.
So much to do to get the family (and me) ready for her to come and play. All of this getting ready would have been much harder with 4 in tow…especially with one of them as a newborn.
I must say, these 3 have been quite the helpers! Cash included :).
THANK YOU, Baby Girl…tomorrow will work perfectly for me :).