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30-Day Slim Down Challenge Day 25: How to Manage Your Stress

author image Deborah Day
Deborah Day is a lifestyle and entertainment writer and editor. Former editor in chief of Maxim.com and executive editor of Premiere.com, she has been published on EW.com, TheWrap.com, Yahoo.com, LAmag.com and other media sites, as well as in Maxim, Interview and Time Out NY magazines.
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Stress. We all have it and we all manage it differently. There's good stress and bad stress. A little bit of stress can actually be a good thing; some people actually thrive with a consistent amount of stress in their lives. However, when stress starts taking over your life, that's never a good thing.

Common Negative Side Effects of Stress

  • Weight gain
  • Impaired ability to sleep
  • Weakened immune system
  • Increased allergy attacks
  • Decreased sexual performance, erectile dysfunction and/or loss of libido

6 Tips for Managing Your Stress

  1. Know thyself — be aware of your stress triggers and be proactive in how you handle them.
  2. Go work out — exercise reduces stress hormones, boosts energy and releases endorphins.
  3. Relax — consciously controlling the way you react to stress can help minimize it.
  4. Stretch it out — when stress hits your muscles tense up, so perform some basic stretches to stay loose.
  5. Hydrate — drinking plenty of water will help your body better handle the effects of stress.
  6. LOL — a good laugh can counteract the effects of stress, so fire up your favorite comedy clips or visit your favorite funny websites for some quick comic relief.

Manage your stress — don't let it manage you!

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You Can Actually Lose More Weight With a Calorie Tracker App

Documenting your food and activity might seem like overkill, but it’s not. People who track their calories and physical activities enjoy greater success losing weight and keeping it off for good!

Tracking everything honestly is essential to making the 30-Day Slim Down Challenge work for you. Sometimes you’re not even aware of everything you consume, but once you start tracking it you’ll think twice before you make poor choices. And that’s a good thing.

With LIVESTRONG.COM’s free MyPlate Calorie Tracker — available on desktop and for iOS and Android devices — you can track it all:

  • Daily meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and snacks
    - Exercise and activity
    - Weight
    - Water/hydration
    - BMI (Body Mass Index)

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Read More About Reducing Stress:

21 Stress-Reducing Techniques
10 Weird Side Effects of Stress
10 Proven Ways to Avoid Stress Eating

Readers — Are you joining us in the 30-Day Slim Down Challenge? If so, what is your weight-loss goal? Have you ever done a weight loss fitness challenge group before? How did it go for you? Have you joined our LIVESTRONG.COM 30-Day Slim Down Group on Facebook? Leave a comment below and let us know.


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