Sometimes because of the adverse situations we live every day, we feel stress and anxiety and we don't know how to get rid of that feeling. Many people eat because they feel it is a way to free themselves from stress and anxiety. Stop now! Here we tell you how to do it.
Breaking up with your partner, college finals, going to a job interview, it is common for you to feel the desire to eat. If you have ever found yourself eating because of stress, either occasionally or apparently 24 hours a day, welcome. We have a lot to talk about.
Stress eating is the act of eating when you feel stressed and are looking for comfort, says Dalina Soto, R.D.N., founder of Nutritiously Yours.
"Stress feeding is a concern when people try to numb the feelings of stress with food instead of dealing with the stress".
Eating with boredom is literally eating to break the monotony of boredom, eating out of habit, or eating because it is available. It's really hard to distinguish between the two, but eating for stress can feel like a more intense desire.
How to stop eating with stress?
- Pause for a second to identify the type of hunger you are experiencing.
- Reflect, and learn what specific emotion is trying to come up. Fear? Frustration? Anger? Sadness? Rejection? Loneliness? Anxiety?
- Choose. It's all about choice; really deciding if eating is best for you at that moment.
- Look for an alternative to stress release other than eating. You can go for a walk, exercise, or read a book.
Find an activity that motivates you enough to start doing something different from your routine, think about yourself this time and you will feel better every day.