Staying mentally healthy … and keeping the weight off

Is the news stressing you out? To combat its consequences, try these 5 steps

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This content is provided to Johns Hopkins employees through a partnership with WW.

With all the recent news, many people may feel a loss of control, which can cause sleep deprivation at night, headaches during the day, and other symptoms of stress. Stress, in turn, can lead us to make unhealthy nutritional choices that deplete our energy and lead to weight gain, so it is vital that we are mindful of what we consume in every area of our lives.

While no one can halt the news cycle, self-care techniques that help you feel grounded and connected can protect your mental and physical health. Use these tips from WW (Weight Watchers reimagined) to get started:

1. Prioritize sleep hygiene. This includes creating a relaxing bedtime routine (such as taking a bath each evening) and going to bed and waking up at the same time each day.

2. Amp up your physical activity. Shoot for 150 minutes of moderate activity such as brisk walking—or 75 minutes of vigorous activity such as jogging—each week.

3. Reframe self-talk. Experiencing self-doubt? Imagine what you would say to a friend in a similar situation. Use that response to form a new, encouraging thought that's more likely to keep you on track.

4. Avoid emotional isolation. Stay in touch with friends and family, or reach out to help others so you feel more in control.

5. Sidestep stress eating. If negativity is fueling your appetite, consider going for a walk, calling a friend, or doing another nonfood activity instead of reaching for the ice cream.

For more information on these coping strategies, check out the complete WW article "How to Stay Mentally Healthy During Stressful Times".

WW expert tips for a snack attack

If you are feeling snacky but don't want to derail your weight loss progress, or just want to make better choices, WW has you covered with 25 healthy snacks that can support your weight loss goals.

Not a WW member? Click here to learn more about the resources available to you as part of the university's partnership with WW.

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