"I need a treat!" ... Sounds familiar? Do you reach for food when you are stressed, under pressure, maxed out? Have you been turning to food for emotional comfort?
It is human nature to seek relief in strenuous times. We all need to calm down, relax and slow down after being challenged in one way or another. Reaching for food can be a quick fix providing instant comfort. A few minutes later, however, you are still confronted with having to deal with your feelings plus the added guilt caused by overeating. You are not alone... Using food as a mood regulator is very common.
Here are some alternative strategies:
Pause, place your hand on your heart and take a few deep breaths. Be gentle with yourself.
Distract yourself by taking a short walk or move around the room.
Call a friend for support.
Write about your feelings in a journal.
Do something that feeds your soul.
Put things in perspective. Ask yourself: "Will this matter a year from now?"
Practice self-compassion and acknowledge the true need. Tell yourself: "This is a moment of suffering. I am stressed. I need love, not food."