Stress plays a big role in creating a leaner waist because it triggers the production of cortisol, which is a stress hormone that's linked to an increased appetite and more belly fat.
Find healthy ways to relax and bring more joy to your life each day. Get 10 minutes alone to read, listen to music or a podcast, create some art, or do this tension-melting yoga sequence. If you're anxious or worried, call a friend, write in a journal, or seek the help of a therapist. And go ahead and treat yourself to a manicure or a massage when you're really stressed. It's good for your emotional health — and your belly.