Do you find that you are often eating even though you are not actually hungry? If you are, it may be that you are suffering from stress eating although you may not appreciate that this is a cause for concern. In fact, it is usually an emotional response that has become a habit. The problem is that this can lead you to making unhealthy choices in what you eat which can cause issues such as being overweight. Here are some tips on how to stop stress eating from affecting your life.
The first step is to accept that you do have a problem so that you can start to find ways to solve it. There are quick ways you can begin to replace your automatic response to your emotional need to eat. For instance, you can drink a glass of water instead of eating a snack or take a short moment to sit and relax and be mindful rather than seeking out some food. This way, you can start to form a new habitual way of acting when you feel stressed and over time this will develop into the usual way to respond to your emotions.
There are other lifestyle choices you can make that will help you to overcome your emotional eating. Exercise can be very beneficial in giving your more energy and stamina to cope with life’s pressures. A simple activity such as a short brisk walk could be helpful at a time when you feel the urge to stress eat and will help to clear your mind. Healthier eating habits can also help such as consuming high fiber foods that make you feel fuller and will make it less likely that you will think you are hungry.
If you are particularly stressed, meditating or learning some relaxation techniques such as deep breathing can help you to remain calm. The more relaxed you feel during the day, the less likely you are to feel the need to eat. There may be a particular issue or situation in your life that is behind your eating patterns, so you need to identify this and ask for help if you need it. It can sometimes be helpful just to talk to someone about your problems rather than keeping your concerns to yourself.
If you follow these tips on how to stop stress eating, you can become more self-aware and make healthy lifestyle choices that will help you to overcome this problem.