I'm not a stress eater, but if a "goodie" is in sight my hand automatically reaches for it without thinking and then it's in my mouth before I realize it. All tempting things are off the kitchen counter, in a cupboard in back so it's not the first thing seen. Watching TV at night always called for goodies. I've got my laptop nearby to occupy hands and eyes with computer games. So far it's worked.
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Stress eating gets to me too. Lately I've trying chewing a piece of sugar free gum and then getting away from any food source. I try to find something to do that needs doing. I usually pick a mindless activity like folding clothes or something away from food. This gives my brain the freedom to continue working my emotional problem but it's in the background. You also need to focus on the mundane activity and chew the gum. I can usually substitute more positive thoughts for the ones that unsettled me, given a little time. In the past going to the place my goals are written down or positive affirmations or pictures have helped me. I can't be around food. Hope you are doing better!
I don't experience stress eating, so I don't really know. But just on reading up on it, I can only echo what I find, and maybe this will click with you.
"Eating can be a way to temporarily silence or “stuff down” uncomfortable emotions. While you’re numbing yourself with food, you can avoid the difficult emotions you’d rather not feel."
So yes, it copes with those uncomfortable emotions, but only for as long as you are eating. Eating may feel good in the moment, but the feelings that triggered the eating are still there. And you often feel worse than you did before because of the unnecessary calories you’ve just consumed.
I guess you know this. You need something to deal with those emotions that isn't food based.
I am sorry to hear about your mother's health problems, but am very pleased that at the moment she is doing better.
Stress eating does nothing except add more stress, and often more weight.
Stress eating isn't going to fix what is happening around you. You need to find other ways to deal with it. Often it just comes down to taking a few deep, slow breaths - from the lower abdomen and not the chest. While you are doing this concentrate on your breathing, then tell yourself that whatever is happening will pass.
Going for a brisk walk can also help considerably with stress. It gives your brain a chance to clear the fog and think more clearly.
I'm glad your mother is doing better. But LUANN is correct. Stress eating isn't going to help her or you. You need to find ways to vent your stress that don't involve food. the next time you feel like taking a walk to the kitchen, put on your jacket and take a walk outside. walking is not only great cardiovascular exercise, it's a great way to reduce stress too.
There must be some things YOU enjoy doing. Do you like to dance ? Do you like to knit or sew ? Do you like to paint ? What do you to do relax ? That's what you need to do when you're stressed out instead of eating. The more you eat, the worse you'll feel. That's why we keep suggesting finding better ways to reduce your stress.
Do you have a gym membership ? If so, start going more regularly. a regular workout routine can also help a person reduce stress.
Stress eating does not relieve stress, nor does it improve stressful situations. Have you considered therapy? Many people cannot overcome that without professional help.
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It has been a crazy, busy, stressful hectic year so far... my mom has been in and out of hospital 5 times since January 4th. She is home right now and is doing ok( don’t want to say that too loud for fear something happens again) this last 2 weeks, after getting over the flu/cold and falling and hurting my knee really bad I have been stress eating. Got on the scale this morning and gained 4 pounds 😐 got to get out of this funk and get back on track! Bad habits die hard, I thought I was finally getting control over stress eating, guess not ...