Wellbeing & willpower: Don’t let stress derail you

Do you yo-yo between health and hedonism, struggling to keep those New Year resolutions? If calorie restrictions, cardio commitments and the booze ban are giving your feel-good endorphins a hammering, there’s a gentler way balance your body and stay on track.

Fad dieters and extreme exercisers beware – a deprived body is a stressed body. Intensive exercise floods the body with cortisol and adrenalin, the same hormones released during the emergency ‘flight or fight’ response. And that restrictive diet? The ongoing energy deficit puts the body on famine-watch, slowing your metabolism, disrupting sleep and increasing those aches and pains. 

Using Gua Sha to manage stress

A stressful environment can put paid to even the most sensible of eating and exercise plans. Why? Whilst stress can kill your appetite at first, long-term exposure actually encourages over eating.

This is because your body thinks you’ve used up calories to deal with your stress, even though you haven’t. And when we typically turn to comfort food to pacify the cravings, it tends to have an acidic pH balance which exacerbates inflammation, a major cause of disease in the body

High intensity workouts and ‘feel the burn’ calorie killing classes should come with a hidden stress warning. Excessive cardiovascular exercise activates production of the stress hormone cortisol, which can contribute to higher insulin levels, a drop in blood sugar and an instant craving for sugary, fatty foods. Overtraining has also been shown to affect blood levels of important neurotransmitters such as glutamine, dopamine and 5-HTP, which can lead to feelings of depression and chronic fatigue.

Gua Sha Body Massage Tool

If you’re exposing your body to extra diet, exercise or environmental stress this January, Hayo’u can help.  Give your wellbeing and willpower a helping hand with the Body Restorer - a proven stress-extraction tool that helps release the increased physical tension stored during a period of detox or regime change. Press-stroking the self-massage tool across the neck, shoulders helps remove tension and tightness, using the circulatory system to detoxify the body and boost immunity.

9 out of 10* women reported feeling noticeably calmer and more relaxed, with immediate reductions in muscular aches and pains and improvements to sleep. There’s no better time to tool up and boost your body.

*Opinium UK consumer product testing on 3.11.16 with a panel of 200 women aged 40-50.