Article written by Nicky Perks for Lose It Magazine (Volume 13)
Escaping stress in our modern word is not an easy task. There is always something causing anxiety be it a concern over finances, ageing parents, sick children, political instability, crime or a relationship that has broken down. Stress comes at us from every direction, and is often unrelenting. Whether the source of stress is physical, emotional, dietary, or environmental in nature, the manner in which one’s body responds is the same. Chronic stress causes a cascade of chemical reactions that impacts our sleep, cognitive abilities, hormonal balance, mood, and libido. As if being an irritable, foggy-brained zombie isn’t bad enough, stress also makes us fat. The type of fat where you seriously consider buying a pair of elasticised trousers from the maternity wear section so that you can sit, breathe and eat a meal all at the same time.