Did you know that fitness is one of the BEST ways to combat stress? It can help in the short-term by reducing your current level of cortisol, it can release endorphins and makes you feel good for hours afterwards.
When I was in a very stress-filled time of life (postpartum as well as just...things in life) my own therapist suggested I workout more. I left said therapist because I'm pretty sure he didn't even look at my occupation in the folder sitting on his lap. But his advice was sound...for someone who didn't already workout as much as humanly possible for a new mom.
That leads me to where the StresssLess Lifestyle came from and my "less is more" approach. I was already working out, and more than an hour a day, so when I began to study hormones, stress and anxiety then I met with a sports physician as well as a functional doc (both not for postpartum but for other things) I began to rethink my methods. I began working out only 20 minutes a day, walking every day for relaxation, and taking the emphasis off of "working out for fitness" and just trying to find some movement in my day and calm my brain down a bit.
After a month or 2 (yes, nothing is immediate) I started seeing differences in my inflammation in my face, as well as in my body as a whole. My belly began to leave. I felt even stronger than I had when I was lifting 5 to 6 days a week and my body didn't always ache from improper recovery.
I know fitness, I have been a personal trainer for 9 years and have been teaching group fitness for 19 years. I have helped not only myself, but people from 79 years old all the way down to 12 year olds. I have helped women dealing with menopause, men with low testosterone, people coming out of physical therapy and everything else with goals in between. Less is more for a lot of people, but I also know when people need to push themselves, try a bit harder and focus on strength.
Whatever your goals are, whatever your needs are, you can reach them. Just find the right trainer, the right program and the magic will happen.
For info on the Fitness add-on to the StressLess Lifestyle look here: www.stressless-lifestyle.com/stressless-fitness