Do you find it difficult to stay on track and keep losing weight during stressful times in your life? You’re not alone. So many women share that they do well when life is going smoothly but as soon as a stress hits them, it’s their health that suffers.
Here’s what one woman in our Haven accountability asked during one of our coaching calls:
“How do I stick to my health goals in the midst of chaos and stress?”
Here are a few strategies that we discussed, I pray that they will help you as well:
1. Rethink Your Perspective on Health
Many of us have our health and weight-loss in a category with cleaning the house, calling up an old friend, or even reading the Bible more. It’s one of those things that we know we ‘should do’, we ‘want to do it more’, and ‘wish that’ we more more consistent at it. We really want to do it, but we’re so busy that it never seems to make our priority list.
Instead of thinking of your health and weight-loss as something you should do, think about in the following ways:
- See your health and fitness as the best anti-depressant ever created.
- Instead of seeing health as another thing to check off on your to-do-list, see it as a necessity for life. Just like brushing your teeth everyday and taking a shower, see your health as one of your daily habits.
- Understand that the more stressful life gets, the more you will need to eat well and exercise. This is the first thing we drop when we get stressed, but if we really understand it’s value, we would actually exercise more when we’re stress, not less.
When we’re stressed we sometimes want to lay on the couch and do nothing, or eat some junk food to give us temporary relief. The next time you’re feeling stressed, do the opposite of what you might normally do and do something to improve your health. Drink some water, go for a walk, eat some fruits or vegetables.
2. Rethink Your Perspective on Time
How many of us wished we had more time in the day? How many times have you said, “I’m soooo busy?” And lastly, how many of us have no time or energy to maintain our health and fitness program?
A lot of our frustration and stress arises because we’re doing things that God never called us to do. We do them because we feel pressure from others; we think it’s the right thing to do, or we do it for acceptance and approval. Unfortunately this only leaves us feeling worn-out and stressed-out.
Here are a few tips to rethink your perspective on time:
- There are 24 hours in a day, evaluate the priorities that God has called you to do and leave the rest. It won’t be easy but it’s the only way to maximize your time.
- Stop trying to prioritize your schedule, instead, schedule your priorities and make sure that your health is always one of your priorities.
- There will never-ever-ever be enough time in one day to get everything done. No matter how we do today, no matter how productive we are, we will never get it all done. When we can understand that, then we can go to bed each day believing that we’ve done our best instead of feeling guilty and regretful that we did not get it all done.
- Lack of time is usually a problem of over-committing, poor focus, or wasting time. Can you see how you waste some of your time? Is it playing internet games, watching TV, or social media?
A lot of our stress is self-induced because of our inefficient use of time. Take an inventory of how you spend your time and see if there are areas that you can tighten up and use your time more efficiently. Pray for wisdom on just how you can do this (Ps 90:12).
3. Rethink your Perspective on Control
This is one of my go-to scriptures in the Bible: “What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you?” (Jas 4:1). Why? Because it cuts right to the core of why I’m often so stressed-out and often frustrated.
My wants, my desires, my need to be in control is often in conflict with God’s best for me. God wants me healthy for a variety of reasons, but maintaining my health and weight may not always be convenient for me. It takes me out of my comfort zone sometimes; it messes up my plans and it takes sacrifice, which, let’s face it–is not pleasant.
But here’s the truth about control:
- The more we try to control things, the less in control we actually feel.
- One of the most stressful things we can do is to try to hold it all together and act like we have things all figured out.
- The more stressful life gets, the more we need to surrender control to God.
God calls us to rest in Him, ESPECIALLY during stressful times. So why do we continually try to maintain control?
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matt 11:28)
Life would be so much more peaceful if we stopped trying to be all, do all, and handle it all, and surrender to our Heavenly Father. Ask yourself right now, did God call you do the things you did today? If you’re struggling with your health and weight because you’re so stressed and busy, I encourage you to spend some time in prayer and ask the Holy Spirit to give you a fresh perspective on your health, your time, and your need for control.
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Until Next Time,