Food is commonly used as a coping mechanism for sadness, depression and anger. Emotional eaters can get back on track if they figure out what triggers are causing their need to eat.
- Learn to identify real hunger. If you ate only a few hours prior and your stomach is not rumbling in response to hunger, then you probably should wait to eat.
- Identify triggers. Emotional eaters should keep a food journal and write down everything that they eat, how they felt emotionally right before they ate and how they felt when they were done eating. It is also beneficial to note how hunger played into the eating. Then, analyze what emotions accompanied food intake to determine what is causing the need to eat.
- Find comforts outside of food. Pick up a hobby, watch a movie, listen to music, take a walk or visit a friend instead of eating when you feel particularly blue.
- Remove unhealthy foods from the home. If junk food is not there, you can’t eat it.
- Snack smart. Instead of reaching for unhealthy foods when feeling hungry, eat a piece of fruit or vegetables.
Plan Today for a Stress-free Holiday
While the holiday season brings joy and togetherness, it can also bring stress for many individuals and families. Top holiday stressors include staying on a budget, managing multiple commitments and finding the perfect gift. Fortunately, by getting organized and planning out what you can ahead of time, you can reduce your holiday stress.
- Write down any known commitments. Making a list of your commitments will help you plan your time and help you avoid double-booking yourself.
- Create your budget now. If you’re stressed about how your holiday spending will impact you after the holidays are over, you’re not alone. Set a realistic budget and don’t go over it.
- Start shopping early. Do you already know what you want to get some people on your list? Don’t be afraid to shop early. Sometimes, you can get great deals on presents even before the holiday season hits.
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