September 14, 2022 / by Suzanne Ingleton / Weight Loss
Are you a woman who is constantly on the go, and always stressing about how you are going to manage it all?
There is a name for this – It's called “Rushing Women’s Syndrome”, which was created by Dr Libby Weaver about the impact of a never ending to-do list on our health.
And when it comes to weight loss, most of my clients are in a constant battle. They know what to do, but they’re too busy trying to get everything done on the To List, and putting themselves at the bottom – giving no time to support their goal.
Inadvertently, health becomes one of their lowest priorities as women face each and every day Tired and Wired with a perception that there is never enough time to get everything done.
There is a perception that we need to rush, not realising that our health is being negatively affected, and certainly its not helping our efforts to lose weight!
This perception of trying and doing it all is often a learned behaviour from our environment, family, friends, co-workers, social media and unconscious expectations that we place on ourselves.
In today’s world, more than ever, we are bombarded with phones pinging, ringing or vibrating, FB notifications or messenger dings, even email notifications coming in at all times of the day and night. Unless we choose to turn off all of these notifications, we are in essence contactable and on call 24/7.
I remember a time, as a child, when all we had was a rotary dial telephone. I would hop on a bus and go to the beach or the pool for the entire day and then get myself home again in time for dinner with only my thoughts and friends to entertain me. We had pushbikes to get us from A-B and if we were lucky, Dad would drive us. Colour TV was quite new and our knowledge base came from a stack of Encyclopedias that Mum & Dad bought from a door-knocking salesman. Back then, no one could reach you sitting on the bus or driving a car, or even going for a walk. That was over 50years ago…...
Technology today changes very quickly. In fact, it doubles every 1.5 – 2years. However, the biochemistry & chemical processes of our bodies are still essentially the same as our primal ancestors – yet we are constantly trying to keep up with life and do more and more in our fast-paced 21st Century style of living.
The expectations and beliefs that we need to keep up and do more are creating significant health issues and risks for many. If the goal is to lose weight, then the stress that is created by trying to do everything is actually blocking any effort to do so.
The key to speeding up weight loss is to actually slow down.
When our mind and body are in a constant state of stress – either known or unknown to us at a conscious level, our biochemistry will enact the survival response, telling the body to hold weight, store fat and not build muscle. This is what’s known as the fight or flight response. It happens automatically without our awareness and can be very subtle, and very debilitating in the longer term.
Even eating your meal at a fast pace can trigger this survival response as the body thinks that it must be in danger and begins to slow down and shut down your digestive system. Chemical reactions in the body are triggered, which include the release of cortisol and insulin, telling the body to store fat.
When we slow down, all of our bodies' chemical processes function normally and metabolism speeds up and uses all of the energy we eat from food because there is no perceived danger. Metabolism slows down in a stressed state to hold onto fat & energy stores for survival.
So what is the secret to slowing down? My 3 top tips
Give yourself the gift of time. By being in a present moment awareness state we can begin to reduce feelings of anxiety and depression, be happier and improve our overall wellbeing, which will have a ripple effect, to family, friends and work colleagues.
Breathe…….this is our bodies' inbuilt onboard antidote to stress. Simply by taking in a few long deep belly breaths, you can change the chemical reactions in your body from the fight or flight stress response to the relaxation response. When our body and mind are in a relaxed state, then the physiology of the body will support weight loss efforts and, instead of being in a constant battle with your body, it will begin to respond and release weight.
Say NO. We are conditioned to say YES to way too many things on a daily / weekly basis, which just drives us into overwhelmed and classic “rushing woman’s syndrome”. Find ways to delegate, delete or disconnect yourself from the things that could be handled by others or let go.
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