I'm right there with you!
I stress-eat all the time. I've been away from work over the holidays and managed to get it under control but, tomorrow I go back to the office and I can only hope that what I will have packed for the day is sufficient to stave off the "crazies" of a stressful day at work.
I also did the "Real Age" health test and fortunately, even though I'm very over-weight (okay, obese!) the test said I'm about 6 months YOUNGER than my chronological age largely because I don't smoke, I take my antidepressant every day, and my "numbers" like cholesterol and blood pressure, are very good.
Over my time "off" from work, I've noticed that I have time to think about WHY I'm eager to eat -- it has made clear to me that giving in to my stress eating is totally a form of self sabotage for me! I've done better once I realize that I want the pie because I'm anxious or I want the ice cream because at the moment, my day sucks.
Just paying attention to the drivers (the emotions behind the "always need to eat" feelings) has made me more aware of my options. Sit with the emotion, acknowledge it, be angry, sad, bummed out, irritated, frustrated, disappointed, etc., etc. I certainly know I am (all those things at times!).
Hope you get the depression under control (do not hesitate to see a medical provider and consider a good antidepressant -- really, life can be better through chemistry!) or try some talk therapy to get you through your doldrums. Either way, admitting that you have a real need, and addressing it is half the battle.
Holding you in my thoughts!
Simple kindness to one's self and all that lives is the most powerful transformational force of all.
-David R. Hawkins
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