Emotional eating is a pattern of eating which people use food to help them deal with stressful situations.
Many people experience emotional eating at one time or another. It could show itself as eating a bag of chips when bored or eating a chocolate bar after a difficult day at work.
However, when emotional eating happens frequently or becomes the main way you deal with your emotions, then your life, health, happiness, and weight can be negatively affected.
Emotions, such as stress, are not the only triggers for emotional eating. Other common triggers that people report include: Boredom, Habits, Fatigue.
Ways to counteract the Emotional eating. For example:
• You eats when bored may want to find a new book that sounds exciting to start reading, or start a new hobby that could provide a challenge.
• You eats because of stress could try yoga, meditating, or taking a walk to help yourself cope with your emotions.
• You eats when you are depressed may want to call a friend, take the dog for a run, or plan an outing to cope with your negative feelings.
It can also be helpful to talk to a therapist or psychologist to discuss other ways to break the cycle of emotional eating.
Emotional eating is a common experience and some people succumb to it occasionally while others can find it impacts on their lives and may even threaten their health and mental wellbeing.
If you experience negative emotions around their eating habits should arrange a visit to their doctor to discuss your issues. You may also want to consult a registered nutritionist or another therapist to help you find solutions or coping mechanisms.