May 1, 2017: Motivation Monday - How To Avoid Stress During the Week

May 01, 2017, 11:06 PM

Rania Batayneh is a nutritionist and is considered an expert in the field of Nutrition and Wellness. She's also the author of “The One-One-One Diet: The Simple One-One-One Solution for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss."

Here are Rania's five tips on how to avoid stress during the week:


I always say that having a good day starts the night before. Turn your phones, iPads off, shutdown your lap top and unwind.

Sleep is a critical success factor. Operating on little to no sleep in and of itself is stressful on your body physically let alone mentally. Your raise your stress hormones, can make unhealthy food choices (comfort foods and food high in sugar) and you can just feel worn down.

You need to be clear headed to get things done.

Sometimes the mind is busier than our calendar. Plan ahead.

You have to look at the week ahead of you. Keeping a calendar is great. Most of us aren’t using pen and paper anymore so take advantage of technology and set reminders for yourself not just for that specific time (like a 1 p.m. meeting with boss) but perhaps one about 30 minutes earlier in case you have to print stuff off or review some documents.

Giving yourself those extra minutes can help you destress.

Also, schedule yourself into your calendar.

Stretch and Meditate. Move your body and your mind together.

Stretch for few minutes in the morning if you don't have time to go to the gym. The gym is “go-go-go” you have music playing, your checking your e-mails, you think “If I don’t have an hour, I shouldn’t go.

Meditation is also a good way to start your day. It can be as simple as 3 minutes of guided meditation. Again, use your phone – it’s right there. Start your day with positive thoughts. It doesn’t have to get too funky. Just take a moment

Have a Back- Up Plan- I think it’s safe to say, that we all intuitively know that not everything always goes according to plan!

You know what, sometimes having plan B is almost more important than having plan A!

The more options you have, the less stuck you will feel!

Here’s the nutritionist in me: Make Food A No Brainer

We stress so much about “What will I eat, feed my family, when will I grocery shop. Streamline it. Now, I am not saying write out a weeks worth of menus. Have at least enough groceries to get through till Wednesday. The weekend is approach and at least you will have a grip on 4 days vs. being at a loss for the whole week.

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