Daily Stress That Leads to Emotional Eating
Emotional eating is not just hard on your mental health, but your physical health as well. Unfortunately, it is typically associated with eating foods that are not so good for us. If you are having trouble with emotional eating, it might be worsened by the daily amount of stress you have.
1. Do You Have These Emotional Eating Triggers?
You may know that stress can trigger emotional eating responses. What you may not know is that there are several common triggers to emotional eating that you may not be aware of in your own life. Here are a few of them, what you should know about reducing each one, and how you can avoid them in the future to help reduce emotional eating.
People in Your Life Who Are Negative and Toxic
Everyone has someone in their life, a co-worker a friend or family, that causes ongoing stress. Ideally you would want to simply move these people out of your life.
Unfortunately, you may not be able to remove them completely. In this case, acknowledging they are a toxic person in your life will help. Once you acknowledge this, you can move to removing your emotions from them. By not giving them the power to hurt or stress you, you can slowly remove them as a trigger from your day.
Being Constantly Busy and Overworked
One of the more common emotional eating triggers is to overload your schedule.
Sit down and look at your schedule. Fill in your day with your sleep hours and work first. Then start adding things in according to priority, making sure you leave at least an hour at the start and end of each day for quiet downtime. Stick to that schedule. If something you want to do fits in, then add it. If not, then say no. Ask for help if you need it.
2. How to Reduce Daily Stress and Avoid Emotional Eating Triggers
One of the key triggers to emotional eating is your daily stress.. If you are having an increased amount of stress, and notice and increased amount of emotional eating moments.
Have a Regular Daily Routine
This doesn’t mean you have to schedule everything in your life down to the last second. Instead, look at starting a routine for small aspects of your life and work up from there. For example, when you wake up do certain things that make your day easier before you leave the house.
Make sure you do the thing that you always avoid first. That way it is already done and the rest of the day is yours. Once you start getting into a routine habit in your morning and evening, your stress triggers are reduced.
Unplug on a Regular Basis
Technology can be a huge stress trigger for many people. Your phone is set-up to notify you of upcoming events, appointments, bills, and of things going on with friends. It is a constant attachment that can sometimes lead you to stressing, upcoming appointments, and drama in your friends lives.
To reduce the stress, disconnect from your technology for one hour or so a day. Turn off your phone and leave it on a charger in another room. You can even pick up something that is a 100% disconnect, like meditation or exercise. The stresses are reduced and something positive is replacing the spot.