How to Stop Stress Eating
For many people, it’s easy to tuck into a bowl of mac and cheese or binge on ice cream when you’re feeling stressed. Unfortunately, eating when you’re emotional can become a vicious cycle that’s hard to break out of. The next time you find yourself in a stressful situation, try to incorporate these 8 healthy habits into your feel-better routine:
- First and foremost, take a minute to breathe. Meditation and positive affirmations can help relax your mind and body. Or get some exercise to release endorphins to release stress.
- Make sure you’re feeding yourself foods that are well-balanced and full of healthy fats.
- Try to keep a regular schedule so that you don’t find yourself overeating if you’ve missed a meal.
- Sometimes dehydration can disguise itself as hunger. Reach for a glass of water first.
- Keep healthy snacks on hand, like fruit or nuts.
- Don’t forget to rest up! Aim for 7-9 hours of sleep a night.
- Use the buddy system—it helps to have someone keep you in check.
- Limit alcohol and caffeine consumption. Their diuretic qualities can trigger feelings of hunger, not to mention interfere with a good night’s sleep.
Just like proper nutrition and exercise, reducing stress is vital to living a healthy life. Our Online Health Coach can help you set and manage goals to help you look and feel your best.