Do You Get Stressed Out?

Are You One of Millions Who Crave Carbs Under Stress? Cravings-Crushing Monday/Your Motivating Monday

Do you often feel stressed?

If you’re like millions of us in America, Great Britain, and Australia, you get stressed, which may often “make” you do such unhealthy things such as eat (or, more likely, overeat) processed carbs and sugary snacks and do other unhealthy things.

Today is the first in a series of blog posts in which I help you discover Simple Ways to Shut Down Stress. No need to rush anymore to processed carbs and sugary snacks to unwind, calm down and soothe you.

Now, let’s find out which stresses are now applicable for you.

Admittedly, the inspiration for writing about stress grew out of my own massive, seemingly endless, overpowering stress in the past four years, ever since I moved across country for my dying Mom; helplessly watched for a year while she lost the battle to lung cancer; moved several times (now for the fifth or sixth time); got walloped by carb cravings, overate carbs (which was initially quite embarrassing), gained 21 pounds (which I’ve now lost); recovered from PTSD, started a new life in another part of the country, etc.

Admittedly, I haven’t handled this persistent stress the best on many occasions, so I decided to get tips from fellow health experts on How to Shut Down Stress. I got many ideas from a number of amazing colleagues, who are active in the health and wellness Mindshare Summit Facebook Group, created by JJ Virgin, bestselling author of The Sugar Impact Diet, and most recently, Miracle Mindset: A Mother, Her Son, and Life’s Hard Lessons.

Now I’m stressed out (that’s a joke) about how to write about stress, because these fabulous health experts had so many ideas that I just couldn’t put all their tiips into one blog post.  Because they shared so many brilliant suggestions, I decided to turn this into a series of blog posts about stress.

To begin talking about stress, let’s turn to health psychologist and Stanford University Kelly McGonigal, who offers a revolutionary look about stress — that it’s not necessarily bad.

Thanks to Mindshare Summit colleague Dr Alan Christianson, author of the New York Times bestselling book, The Adrenal Reset Diet, who suggested that we look at stress in a different way.

“…maybe all you have to do is not be stressed about your stress,” Alan pointed out. “Those who see it as excitement seem to bypass the physiological damage.”

He then suggested that you and I watch  McGonigal’s 2013 TED talk, “How to Make Stress Your Friend,” which is one of the 20 Most Viewed TED talks of all time, with 10 million views. The author of the Upside of Stress points out that the goal is not to get rid of stress but to get better at understanding, embracing and using it.

Join the Conversation: So what was your biggest takeaway from McGonigal’s TED talk?

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Connie Bennett is the bestselling author of Sugar Shock (Berkley Books) and Beyond Sugar Shock (Hay House), one or both of which have been praised by Dr. Mehmet Oz, Dr. Christiane Northrup, Dr. Daniel Amen, Dr. Mark Hyman and many others. Connie is now dedicated to discovering and sharing fast, super-simple, science-based secrets to Crush Your Cravings. (Her renewed interest in this topic began in late 2012, when she was walloped by Crazy Carb Cravings after losing her mother . She is now completing her next book, Crush Your Cravings On the Go™ and creating the companion Crush Your Cravings System.

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