Emotional eating is when we opt to eat something to make ourselves feel better – and we may not even realize we are doing it. When we are stressed, sad, tired, or anxious, it isn’t uncommon to find ourselves in front of the fridge or pantry looking for something to distract us or sate an unconscious ‘need.’ We may think that eating something sweet, for instance, will make us feel better, but we may instead feel guilty or worse after indulging ourselves.
- In the event that you find yourself feeling sad, it may prove more beneficial to reach out to a friend or family member.
- If you are feeling bored, consider going for a walk, reading a good book or tackling one of your overdue chores.
- If you’re tired, set an alarm and give yourself a chance to lay down and rest/recover before you further tackle the day.
- When anxious, consider taking pen to paper. Sometimes writing out how we are feeling allows us a better opportunity to reflect on what it is we are feeling. If you’re feeling anxious because you have too much on your plate, consider making a list and prioritizing tasks or other obligations.
- If you can recognize that you aren’t hungry but there is a need to sate a craving, consider some fruit or something small until your next planned meal.
Meal prepping is a great way to help ensure that we aren’t impulsively eating whatever we can get our hands on when the hunger does come on. If you are bored, consider making a plan to meal prep!