Do you eat when you overcome anger, sadness, stress and boredom? The link between food and emotions rather complicated. On one side of the spectrum are those who find solace in chocolate bars filled with stress after the working day.
On the other the people who are struggling with anorexia, bulimia, overeating or other types of eating disorders. Taking negative emotions such as anger, anxiety, boredom, loneliness, can encourage you to seek solace in food. There are many techniques to change the behavior or way of thinking that help to cope with the jamming of emotions.
If you are concerned that the seizure of emotions can nullify your efforts to eat healthy, reflect on these tips to help you avoid the use of food for coping with feelings:
- Use awareness to distinguish between physical hunger from emotional. Before you go to the fridge or to go to the shelves in the supermarket for snacks, make a slow, deep breath, then breathe out and ask yourself: Am I really hungry? Maybe the food I need to release tension or get rid of negative emotions? If you’re a food diary and write in it the thought of your mood and degree of hunger during the meal, it will help you determine whether your emotions cause over eating, and if so, in what cases.
- Look for alternative ways of dealing with stress and negative emotions. Walking, yoga, meditation, singing to the MP3 player, work in the garden, bath with aromatic herbs, a telephone conversation with a friend – these are just a few of the many actions you can take to get rid of stress and negative emotions.
- Keep away from the delicious food stress zones. If you are overloaded with work, replace the bowl of candy on your desk at the ball to relieve stress or desktop fountain.
- Consult with an expert working with the problem of jamming of emotions. If you are not able themselves to cope with the problem of jamming of emotions, find a psychiatrist or therapist who is well versed in how mood affects the food.