Everyone has some sort of stress in their lives, school, college, university, family, job, houses, and money and on and on. We can all claim to have suffered a little from stress at some point in our lives. Some of us are able to deal with it and move on, while there are a few of us who find having stress very stressful!! It can lead on to depression, anxiety and a very poor quality of life. It can stop you enjoying the small things in life, in some cases it can escalate and in others it can cause habit in order to satisfy the stress and elevate the symptom such as drinking, drugs, smoking, gambling and eating.
Eating as a way to relieve stress can hinder any attempts for anyone wishing to lose weight. It’s a horrible cycle of trying, failing, trying, failing, trying, failing and alongside the circle the stress still exists. Some people seek anything viable to take the stress away. Selling your house fast and moving away in hope to renew your environment in hope to feel less stress full. Changing jobs in hope of finding better purpose, seeking relationship and friendships in order to distract away from it.
It’s important in dealing with stress to get to the root of why you are stressed. What is likely causing the stress, when does it happen most, how long does it last and what helps it? Keeping a journal is useful noting down triggers, causes; episodes can help at the end of the week looking back. Identifying reoccurring situation and seeking a way of changing that situation may help you to change the behaviour and elevate the stress thus curbing your desire to eat when stressed.
Other ways to de stress instead of eating may be socializing talking to others about your problems may help to get it out in the open and enable you to deal with it directly rather than keeping it locking up in your head. Relaxation techniques are a good way of helping the body and mind to relax and eliminate stress triggers. Even to the point of getting a nice soak in the tub, or a nice hot shower for 20 mins when you are feeling stressed. Getting control of it early on is important in changing the behaviour. Leaving something continue for a long time can establish negative habits which are generally harder to break.