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Is Stress Making You Bitchy?

If you’ve recently fantasized about slapping a too-slow cashier or stabbing a rude party guest, you’d better read these nerve-soothing tips, pronto.

 

BY ZOE RUDERMAN

 

A just-released survey of over 6,500 women found that 53 percent of American females report being stressed “most of the time”. And there’s more: experts say that turning into a major bitch is a side effect of stress in women.

"Stressful situations increase cortisol levels and cause a dip in feel-good hormones," explains Claire Wheeler, MD, PhD, author of 10 Simple Solutions to Stress. “And since women are conditioned not to express their anger in an aggressive and direct way, they deal with those hormonal changes in what seems like a more subtle manner: by getting in a bad mood.” Meaning, we get bitchy. In the interest of not totally losing your shit this summer, we suggest you read our nine strategies for keeping cool.

1. Schedule tasks that are making you anxious — like finishing a tough work assignment — for early in the day. If you leave them for later, you’ll spend more time worrying and end up snapping at people.

2. Take a coffee break with friends or coworkers rather than going solo. A study found that getting a caffeine fix in a group lowered stress levels. But sipping coffee alone left people feeling more stressed.

3. Bookmark these sites: CollegeHumor.com and FunnyorDie.com. According to one study, anticipating watching a funny video can reduce stress hormones by up to 70 percent.

4. Practice saying the word no. Women, being social creatures, tend to feel obligated to show up for everything they’re invited to. But saying yes to something when you don’t really want to go leaves you bitter and annoyed. Tell people you’re prepping for a presentation, then enjoy the free time.

5. Make a budget for summer travel plans, going out, and shopping. It’s a drag to do and you may not stick to it, but feeling in control of your finances helps squash anxiety.

6. Lock lips with your guy. Psychologists found that even just a little bit of physical contact is enough to lower your blood pressure and make you feel calmer.

7. Do short, high-intensity workouts. Research found they have a greater effect on stress than slower-paced exercise does. So instead of an hour of yoga, hit the treadmill on high for 20 minutes.

8. Or if you’re feeling too beat to work out, skip the treadmill and relax in the sauna at your gym (or take a steamy shower). A study found that pampering yourself — even for a few minutes — calms you down.

9. If you feel ready to snap — at the rude cashier or airline clerk — talk slower. When you’re tense, you speak more rapidly, which changes your body’s chemistry and turns you into an F-bomb-dropping machine. Talking at a calmer pace will chill you out, and you’ll be more likely to get what you want.

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10. Take one EXO at day — Antioxidants are essential to living well. They’re also essential to preventing cellular damage, thanks to their ability to neutralize free radicals. What does this mean for you? It means that EXO may help your body deal with the added stress of a hectic lifestyle and an environment full of pollutants. In fact, getting rid of free radicals can actually slow down the symptoms of the aging process.

Sources: Journal of Behavioral Medicine; Oklahoma State University; Research Quarterly For Exercise and Sport; Edwin Riley, Phd, Author of Stress Rx; University of Bristol; University of California at Irvine; Claire Wheeler, Phd, Md.

Source:  http://www.cosmopolitan.com/advice/health/is-stess-making-you-bitchy

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4 Diet Plan Rules It’s OK to Ignore 

By Shelley Levitt


If living with your parents taught you anything, it’s that the more rules there are, the more you want to break them. And losing weight can seem like nothing but rules.

Fortunately, rebellion has its advantages: Disregarding strict food guidelines could be the secret to a successful slim-down. A study published in the International Journal of Obesity found that people with a flexible approach to eating-one that allows for sweets and other perceived slip-ups-had a better record of maintaining weight loss than dieters with an “all or nothing” strategy.

How can you do it without skidding into a diet danger zone? We got top nutrition pros to confess the supposedly vital weight-loss principles they violate. Employ their secrets to stay satisfied without gaining an ounce.

Eat five small meals a day

Avoid white bread, rice, and pasta

Don’t eat late at night

Skip dessert

More info and source:

http://www.womenshealthmag.com/weight-loss/slim-down-strategies?cat=16341

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Running For Beginners

Burn fat with this training plan for beginners

PLAN DESIGNED BY AMY DIXON

Haven’t run since middle school gym? No sweat. This women’s workout plan, designed by fitness guru Amy Dixon, will help you build from a walk to a run. By the end, you’ll be able to run 30 minutes without stopping—and you’ll be showing off a rock hard body under your running shorts. 

Do all walking and running at an intensity level that feels challenging but comfortable. Feel free to switch the rest day, but make sure you do one day of rest each week. And don’t forget to stretch after each workout. 

The best part? You can print the entire workout plan to take wherever you go. 


Week One

Monday
One Walk 10 minutes. Next 6 minutes alternate running 1 minute and walking 1 minute. Walk 4 minutes. Stretch.

Tuesday
"Tone Zone" Strength Training Program. 
Stretch.

Wednesday
Walk 10 minutes.
Next 8 minutes alternate running 1 minute and walking 1 minute. 
Walk 2 minutes. 
Stretch.

Thursday
"Rock Solid Abs" Strength Training Program. 
Stretch.

Friday
Walk 8 minutes. Next 10 minutes alternate running 1 minute and walking 1 minute.
Walk 2 minutes.
Stretch.

Saturday
Rest Day

Sunday
Walk 6 minutes. 
Next 12 minutes alternate running 2 minutes and walking 2 minutes. 
Walk 2 minutes. 
Stretch.

More info and source:

http://www.womenshealthmag.com/fitness/run-walk-program

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