5 Ways to Curb Stress Eating
We eat for many reasons besides hunger. Sometimes “I want a brownie” means “I need a break”. If you find yourself eating in the face of a stressful situation, you are not alone. Here are five strategies to help you recognize stress eating and to change how you cope with stress.
- Build awareness around your habits. Make a note of what you eat and what emotions you experience in the moment.
- Make sure you are well rested. If you are fatigued you will be more prone to your stress triggers.
- Make sure you are well fueled. If you let yourself get overly hungry if will be harder to resist your stress-eating urges, and the sensations of stress may feel more intense.
- Once you recognize the stressful moments that cause you to reach for the cookie jar, you can come up with a behavior such as drinking a glass of water, tea, healthy snacking, or even deep breathing to help you combat your in-the-moment stressors!
- Deal with the situation head on. If the stressor is something you have control over, work to come up with stress management strategies as a solution. If you do not have control over the situation causing the stress, acknowledge this situation for what it is and begin to let it go. In either case, a brownie will not fix your stressful situation.