Breaking the Stress Eating Habit

When your work is piled up and your long to-do list is never ending, what do you do?  While others brave through their day-to-day tasks without breaking down, others just simply ignore their diet and turn to food for comfort.  The majority of us are faced with stressful events on a daily basis, especially if we have work, household chores, and other activities that drain all our energy away.  When you’re stressed, you are more susceptible to what is called ‘stress eating,’ which will make you gain more weight.  Unfortunately, stress eating doesn’t really remove or fix the stress.  Yes, it gives you the temporary relief from what you feel, but it won’t last for long and the effects will highly impact your health.  So what should you do when you’re up against something and all you can think about is running to the kitchen and grabbing some chips and a cup of coffee?  Here are some strategies you can do to break your stress eating habit.

 Breaking the Stress Eating Habit

Tame your stress through relaxation. 

Take the time to do some breathing exercises to calm your nerves.  If you have to walk away for a minute or two from what you are doing, go ahead.  Do a quick meditation or try some yoga techniques to ease your stress.


If you have to drink, try black tea.  stress eating

When you’re stressed, the level of stress hormones, cortisol, increases and makes you crave for food.  Try to calm your nerves by drinking a cup of black tea. Black tea has been proven to lessen cortisol levels.


Check what you eat. 

If you can’t fight the urge to munch on something, then go for foods that provide great health benefits.  Oranges are great as they are packed with nutrients that satisfy your sugar craving and calm your nerves.  If you’re itching to get some chips, try pistachios as an alternative.  These contain the right elements that will help regulate your blood sugar.

Awareness is key to overcoming stress eating.  Before you soothe your stress by eating, think about the long-term effects that will probably add to your stress and affect your overall being.  If you’re aware of what you’re going through, then it becomes easier for you to plan for better remedies. 

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Mae Davies

BA, MA Psychology (and Conflict Resolution), University of Cambridge (2007). With a decade of trial and error in psychology and 33 years of navigating my own complex (that's one word for it!) relationships with family, friends, co-workers and men, I hope I have some useful knowledge and skills to share with my readers about making sense of relationships and trying to become a better person every day.