How do you avoid eating when you're stressed?

Ram Tumuluri – “How do you avoid eating when you’re stressed?”

Ram Tumuluri – “To keep on top of building a business usually means being stripped of the time when we should be looking after ourselves. This can mean that our eating habits change as we deal with stress which is not always for the better. This week our team looks at how to avoid eating when you’re stressed in our latest blog.”

Leading a business tends to mean putting pressure on yourself to be the best example for your workforce. You may struggle to balance out stresses at work from those at home and find solace in food. Stress can cause overeating which can lead to weight gain and controlling that desire is crucial to maintaining a healthy body and mind. In this article we’ll look at how you can curb stress eating.

How is stress linked to our eating habits?

Typically, we eat to meet a physical need to function properly on a day to day basis. This should mean set meal times and well considered portions. However, when you go through a difficult time at your business this can lead to stress, more time in the office and reduced time to maintain those good food habits. Stress can also lead to higher levels of cortisol in the bloodstream and an increased need to satisfy this appetite. Our emotions can also impact our eating habits so if you are stressed, sad or confused you are more likely to binge eat unhealthy foods to comfort yourself and suppress these emotions.

How to avoid eating when you’re stressed

Recognise your stressors so when you do feel stressed or appreciate that a stressful time is coming, take steps to avoid or even prepare for them. Take time to prepare your meals the night before so you are not reaching for that plate of pastries in the boardroom.

An increase in fitness can not only reduce stress but increase mental and emotional well-being so you’re more in control of our own actions. Another way to gain control is through the practices of mindfulness and yoga whereby your mind is more focused and you are able to make better decisions for your business and your own lifestyle. Find a quiet spot or take your mind away from stress by going out for a walk with a colleague.

Change your habits so when you do recognise you are hungry your first step isn’t to reach out for treats. You could opt for a glass of water or even calling someone to distract your own brain. In the long-term, embedding good habits such as increased exercise and sleep as well as eliminating the underlying cause of your stress can have seismic benefits in avoiding hunger and thus avoiding stress eating.