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health. Specialist of Internal
Medicine Dr. Ajaz Yasmeen
explains that elevated levels of
cortisol may lead to a rise in blood
pressure and blood sugar levels
as insulin is blocked from doing
its job leading to unhealthy fat
building up in the abdomen.
The Solution
Stress management starts with
identifying the sources of stress
in your life. To identify your true
sources of stress, look closely
at your habits, attitude, and
excuses: do you explain away
stress as temporary even though
you can’t remember the last time
you relaxed? Until you accept
responsibility for the role you play
in creating or maintaining it, your
stress level will remain outside
your control.
Mistake 3
Not Getting Enough Sleep
Getting eight hours of sleep every
night is the best solution. Fix a
set bedtime and stick to it. Keep
light out of your room, avoid using
electronic gadgets where you sleep
and avoid stimulants such as tea or
caffeine before bedtime.
Mistake 4
According to Lovely Ranganath,
Senior Nutritionist at Healthtrendz,
many people overeat to cope with
the stresses of life. “To break out
of the patterns, they must first
identify the particular stressors
that trigger the urge to overeat,”
she advises and then when faced
with these situations, they must
learn and practice problem-solving
skills. These skills will help them to
respond appropriately to difficult
The Solution
So if you grab a donut when you
are under pressure to make a
deadline, Ranganath says that
but Dr. Pamela Leader, Managing
Director at the Emirates European
Medical Centre, Doctor of
Chiropractic says that it also
has a massive impact on your
health. “Bad posture results in
certain muscles tightening up or
shortening while others elongate
and become weak as a result of
our lifestyles,” she says. “The most
famous poor posture is probably
Upper-Crossed Syndrome (UCS)
and this is typically when the head
and shoulders are forward.”
The Solution: Tips for
Better PostureWhile
•Your knee and hip joints should
make a 90 degree angle. If your
chair allows, and if you need to,
adjust the height of the seat until
these joints are at right angles.
•Your feet should be flat on the
floor. If your feet don’t reach the
floor, try using a footrest or place
a book under them.
•You should be able to slip your
hand in the space between your
low back and the back of the
chair. A lumbar roll placed
between your low back and the
back of the chair can support your
natural curve if your muscles are
weak or tired.
•Most people respond by
automatically tightening up
their shoulders. Let them relax
and drop now. Positioning the
shoulder blades (flat bones on
your upper back) lower can
help support your head and
neck. Shoulders and hips should
have an imaginary vertical line
between them.
•Bring your head back. We tend to
forget that our head is connected
to our spine and ideally, your
ears should be in alignment with
your shoulders. Based on your
condition, this may not be fully
possible. That’s okay. Don’t force it.
(Credit: Dr. Pamela Leader)
night is one of the best ways to
regulate stress hormones like
cortisol. Since high cortisol can
cause a myriad of health problems
(such as elevated blood sugar, food
cravings, high blood pressure,
mood swings, irritability, acne, and
muscle loss), keeping cortisol in the
normal range is pertinent for good
The Solution
Getting eight hours of sleep every
when the problems that trigger
the urge to overeat are dealt with
using alternative ways, people may
find they eat less and that their
eating behaviors begin to respond
appropriately to internal cues of
hunger rather than inappropriately
to external signals of stress.
Mistake 5
Not only does bad posture look
unprofessional, and unattractive,
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