Reducing Stress More Efficiently Without Food Essay

1163 Words Sep 26th, 2015 null Page
Eating when stressed happens to us all. It is a normal part of life however, if it happens too often, it can lead to even more stress and no one needs that!

Some people call it emotional eating, others call it comfort eating. Regardless of what you may call it, it often is not the most efficient way to reduce stress and cope with hard times. In fact, for people who are trying to eat well and manage their weight, it likely leads to even more stress!

Here are 6 ways you can reduce stress eating (and no, none of them involve locking the fridge!):

REDUCE STRESS MORE EFFICIENTLY WITHOUT FOOD.

Ask yourself, has food ever helped to reduce stress in the long term? It is ok to reach for food to comfort yourself sometimes, but making it a habit is a bad idea. It can be an inefficient coping mechanism that doesn’t get to the root of the problem.

If reaching for food for reasons other than hunger, take a moment to ask yourself what you really need? If it is stress relief, then find a few things you can do to reduce stress that are effective, easy and fun to do. Create a list today so you have it on hand when you need it. It is worth taking 5 or 10 minutes to reduce stress before getting back to studying or working.

Check out the graphic below to get some ideas:

CHECK IN WITH YOUR BODY BEFORE EATING.

Before reaching for food, ask yourself “am I hungry?”. Take a deep breath, ground yourself and tap into your mental feelings as well as physical feelings. If you are hungry, it…

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