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Make These 6 Commitments Right Now for a Stress-Free Life
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Make These 6 Commitments Right Now for a Stress-Free Life

We all know that stress isn't good for us and can actually contribute to a myriad of health problems. The Huffington Post recently asked its readers to list things they were committed to NOT stressing out about. I've listed a few stressors that Huffington Post readers submitted (and promised they would stop stressing about).

See if you can also commit to letting go of the following:

1. Stressing out about what other people say about you.

I think if we were honest we would all raise our hands! Try not to worry about what other people say about you, as one reader committed to doing.

I know, I know - so much easier said than done, especially when it comes to sensitive topics like your weight. Letting go of what other people say or think about you can be extremely challenging. For instance, maybe people in your life rolled their eyes when you told them you were starting Beyond Diet, and said it wouldn't last.

Don't listen to them! Believe in yourself and don't let what they say affect you. This is your life, not theirs. 

2. Caring about whether or not others believe in your goals and dreams.

Ooooh - I love that one!

Some of you may not know that the only people who really believed in my dream of starting Beyond Diet were myself, my husband, and one of my best friends (now the CEO and co-founder).

Even family and other close friends tried to tell me that I would never be successful in helping other people with their weight, because there was already so much diet information out there.

Imagine if I had listened to them!

Truth be told, it really only takes one person to believe in your dream: you.

Whether your dream is to start your own yoga studio or be a dog trainer or simply drop five pounds, all you need to do is believe in yourself and make it happen.

3. Controlling other people and their lives.

Even though so many of us try very hard to control other people and their lives, the only person you can truly control is yourself. And we can't even control a lot of what happens to us!

The key is how we react to what we can't control and how we act on what we can control, like the food we eat and exercising our bodies.

4. Stressing about the past.

Another reader said he would start focusing on the present. "Whatever hasn't happened yet and the past. Every mistake is a lesson." The past is over, and we can't change was has already happened.

Maybe you have struggled with your weight for so many years that you just don't think it's possible to have a better, healthier future. WRONG!

And I totally agree with this reader's point about mistakes being lessons. If you view your mistakes as lessons, they aren't really even mistakes. None of us are perfect, and each day is a new beginning and an opportunity to start over - including retraining yourself how to eat healthy foods that will keep you slim and full of energy!

5. Striving for perfection.

That's another stressor we can all let go of! Newsflash: No one can achieve perfection.

Even I am not a "perfect" eater - at Thanksgiving, I relish a piece of pie. And I love ordering dessert when I go on dates with my husband!

When you slip up, the important thing is to jump right back on the horse. Don't let one misstep spiral into a week-long binge. Let your mistake go and move on!

6. Sweating the small stuff.

Last but not least, stop stressing about "the little stuff." Don't stress about what you can't change, focus on what you can do something about, and DO IT. Yes to this suggestion!

By focusing only on the things you can change, you will feel so much better. And fortunately, choosing how we feed our bodies is definitely something that we can control and change.

Stress takes such a toll on our energy levels, skin, and gut health, it's surprising how little we try to take control of it. Making the commitment to eliminate these 6 stressors will not only bring you peace, but it will help you HEAL from the inside out.