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Stress Management

  • Practice Relaxation Techniques: Incorporate relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, or guided imagery into your daily routine. These techniques can help reduce stress and promote a sense of calm.
  • Regular Physical Activity: Engage in regular physical activity to help manage stress. Choose activities you enjoy, and aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per week, as recommended by health professionals.
  • Mindful Meditation: Practice mindfulness meditation to bring awareness to the present moment. This can help you manage stress and avoid turning to emotional eating as a coping mechanism.
  • Establish a Support System: Surround yourself with a strong support system of friends, family, or support groups. Share your concerns and successes with others who understand your journey, and lean on them for emotional support.
  • Prioritize Self-Care: Take time for self-care activities that bring you joy and relaxation. This could include reading, listening to music, taking a bath, or spending time in nature. Prioritizing self-care helps alleviate stress.
  • Set Realistic Goals: Establish achievable and realistic goals for yourself. Break larger goals into smaller, manageable steps, and celebrate your successes along the way. This can help reduce the stress associated with overwhelming tasks.
  • Time Management: Organize your time effectively to reduce stress. Prioritize tasks, delegate when possible, and set boundaries to prevent feeling overwhelmed. A well-managed schedule can contribute to a sense of control.
  • Healthy Eating Habits: Maintain a balanced and nutritious diet to support both physical and mental well-being. Nutrient-dense foods can positively impact mood and energy levels, reducing stress.
  • Quality Sleep: Ensure you get adequate and quality sleep each night. Lack of sleep can contribute to stress and impact decision-making, making it more challenging to adhere to healthy eating habits.
  • Seek Professional Support: If stress becomes overwhelming, consider seeking professional support from a therapist, counselor, or psychologist. They can provide strategies for managing stress and coping with the emotional aspects of bariatric surgery.

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