I believe that our bodies are truly connected to our minds and our thoughts. We can think and assume that they’re separate, but they’re not (in my, and many others, opinion).
I mentioned recently that when we’re stressed, our natural reaction is to store fat. As much as we have evolved, our ancestral hunter DNA is still inside us and when we have a stress response in our bodies, our instincts are to prepare for what’s to come. As long as we stay in that stressed-out state, our body stores fat to protect our organs (in case of danger), to keep us warm, or to give us endurance (if we’re skin and bones we won’t last long on a trek or during long periods without a successful hunt).
Do you often hold weight in your mid-section and struggle to lose it? Consider this…
Ask yourself if you are in an environment where you feel safe (and safe doesn’t have to mean literally fighting for your life… it can simply mean stress, unease, anger, etc.). Are you having difficulty trusting? Are you giving your power away by not speaking up or living authentically?
Your body holds onto weight and gains weight in the middle of your body to protect your adrenals. If you can address the root cause of what may be a stressor for you, the added weight around your mid-section may start to reduce.
Along with daily movement and a healthy diet, try adding in deep breathing and stretching to your daily routine. Practice stretching and deep breathing in the morning before you’re about to enter the stressful environment to prepare your body and mind. Then, practice deep breathing while in a stressful environment to help you stay calm, and stretch again after leaving the stressful environment to release any tension that built up in your body while there.
Is it simple? Yes. Is it easy? No. But this is a long-term solution to maintaining a healthy weight, body, and mind.