After months of quarantine, it might be hard to stay focused and stay away from every stressful thing. One of the bad things that stress makes us do is eating more than we need, this is called stress eating. It is usually very hard to be in control of your eating habits when you are stressed, and it can be extra hard when you are quarantined. So what do you do to manage stress eating during quarantine? The following article has 10 ways to manage stress eating during quarantine.
1. Know if you are hungry or not
Most of the time, boredom or stress hunger can be confused with actual hunger. Whenever you feel the need for eating something, as yourself whether you are really hungry or not. This helps you assess whether you have to eat or no, and what to eat.
2. Don’t be hard on yourself
If you constantly feel the need for eating, do not be mad at yourself. Remember that you are not alone in this situation and many people who are stuck at quarantine, are struggling with stress and stress eating.
3. Make healthy choices
Whenever you are heading to the kitchen, do not grab an unhealthy snack, full of fat, sugar, or salt. Prepare yourself healthy snacks made of fruits and vegetables or other natural ingredients. Some examples could be carrots and hummus, apple slices, Greek yogurt and berries, etc.
4. Do something else if you are eating out of boredom
When you know that boredom is taking you to the kitchen, turn around, and do something that can keep your brain busy. Do some home exercises, read a book, watch a movie or even call a friend. Make sure that you do something that kills your boredom other than eating. If after doing so you still feel the need to eat, then you might really deserve a snack.
5. Get rid of your stress
Of course, everyone could be stressed out at the moment, and there are many things that you can do to get rid of this stress while in quarantine. You can start a journal (quarantine journal could be an awesome idea), do some physical exercises at home, or watch a movie that makes you laugh.
6. Practice self-care
Mindfulness helps you get in touch with yourself and know what you really want. Also, it helps you want to do the best for yourself.
7. Drink more water and fluids
Water can help you feel full and avoid eating when you don’t really need to. It keeps you hydrated and helps protect your mental and physical health as well.
8. Do not eat alone
Eating with your family or partner can help you enjoy your food and feel grateful and avoid wanting to eat out of stress later on.
9. Do not eat in distractions
When you are eating, turn off the TV or your laptop and enjoy your meal.
10. Get into a challenge with someone to stay motivated
Ask your partner or friend to get into a challenge with you, where you both have to motivate each other to eat healthier and better.