Stress-eating isn’t about hunger, it’s about using food as a coping mechanism. When under stress, our adrenal glands release cortisol. Eating is a way the body prepares for a potentially harmful situation. To avoid emotional eating, be aware of your stressors and remove go-to foods from your kitchen or work space. It further helps to perform other activities when under stress, such as taking a walk, practicing deep breathing, or filling out an adult coloring book. Exercise helps relieve stress, as does mindfulness meditation and social support. You can also talk to a mental health expert. Understand that food only provides temporary relief to stress; it isn’t a long-term solution.
- Data routinely proves that physical activity reduces stress, which in turn reduces the chance of unhealthful conditions.
- For example, stress is related to conditions like, hypertension, obesity, insomnia and chronic headaches.
- If you tend to stress-eat, consider reducing the stress with some deep breathing or other mindfulness techniques.
“Friends, family, coworkers, and other sources of social support can help buffer the adverse effects of stress.”