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Improve Your Mood Without Food

Beat Stress, Boredom, and More with These Tips


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  • As great as it would be to leave my desk and take a 10 minute walk, or a vigorous workout, that's just not feasible. I eat emotionally at work when I'm too busy to think, and just grab something. If I had the time and luxury to go walking when I felt overwhelmed, I think I'd be quite skinny by now!
  • Excellent article! Turning to food should be the last resort!
  • "...your mind can only think one thought at a time..." ???

    My mind DOES think about more than one thing at a time.
  • All the tips are absolutely excellent, and they all work. My personal favorite is the "smile when you don't feel like it". Try it. You will instantly feel better. It's weird. It's wonderful.

    Spark On!
  • I just posted a blog entry:


    The entry sums up how I've been implementing many of these suggestions through my practice of yoga. The one significant difference is that yoga links not just body and mind, but body, mind, and spirit in supporting the development of healthier behaviors.
  • I usually like to read the "Comments" from others, and it seemed like almost every one that I read stated, this was a good article, "but" ! It is ashame how many of us have already given up and are still making excuses! If you truly want to help yourself, stop making excuses. I too am overweight, but the only persons fault it is, is my own. THE ONLY PROMISES THAT MATTER ARE THE ONES MADE TO YOURSELF:) If you need help, ask for it, even if from a Doctor or a friend or a therapist. You can fix yourself, you just need the COURAGE to do it!
  • What do you do when you're bored at work? It's not like I can start a hobby or keep going on 10-minutes walks. Instead, I reach for my cup of coffee (with cream) or a healthy snack. But whether it's healthy or not, I'm usually not eating out of hunger, but boredom while I'm chained my desk.
  • But what if you just plain love to eat? No mindless eating here, I just enjoy it! A little too much, I guess!
    I find i eat mainly from boredom and loneliness. Its kind of hard to resolve that issue since i have social anxiety and im somewhat hesitant when it comes to talking to people. I would like to have more friends, but its just not in my personality. My husband also works 10 hrs a day, so that just makes things even more difficult. But most of these suggestions arent really new to me and i will definitely start gardening more.
    Actually most people who are "depressed" are probably a bit blue rather than depressed; when one is depressed is when you can't get out of bed or the house for a number of days. I find going for a walk only helps fuel my anger and sometimes I do need to break out the junk food, even if it gets me happy for a for a few moments; its better than being continually down in the dumps.
  • Good article.. I sing "Walking in the Sunshine " by Roger Miller when I notice I am on a downward slide with depression.
  • I like this article. I was more able to fit in "smoking" wherever it mentioned "eating," and it really made me think about this horrible habit I'm still trying to kick.
  • This article is great for people who have kids who are in school or older. For me, who have 2 under 3, it's not so easy to just take off for a walk or go outside gardening. My toddler wants to stop and look at everything when we walk, making me more frustrated. And gardening is very weather dependent as my infant doesn't like being in her playpen, and I don't like putting her on the wet grass.

    So yeah, great if you're by yourself when the urges hit... but not so great when you have to look after two little people. :o)
  • MARTENS100

    This is good advice. But whether you are stressed, upset or angry I personally find this very hard to do.
  • Some good points, but really - it's so much easier to realize and agree with the facts than to actually DO something about them. I've been aware of my emotional eating, and especially boredom and tv-related eating for ages, but so often I find it SO hard to actually take the necessary steps to change it!

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