5 Ways to Prevent Stress Eating & Clear The Mind

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5 Ways to Prevent Stress Eating & Clear The Mind

When you’re feeling stressed, it can be easy to grab for that bag of chips in the back of your pantry or the ice cream in your freezer without a second thought. But, as we all know, comfort food isn’t the answer to your problem.

Just know—stress eating isn’t your fault. Stress can do crazy things to our bodies, like trigger cravings for carbs and sugars that are hard to control. So what can we do to help control our stress without reaching for those unhealthy comfort foods? Try these 5 methods:

1. Remember the Little Things

Remembering and being thankful for the little things in life can help you forget about whatever issue is causing you stress. Try keeping a journal full of things you’re grateful for each day. Maybe send a thank you note to someone that has helped you recently or in the past.

2. Let Your Senses Take Over

When it feels like your thoughts and worries are taking over your mind, try to clear your mind by focusing on your senses instead of your thoughts:

  • What do you smell?
  • What do you hear?
  • What sensations does your body feel? (temperature, textures, etc.)
  • What colors do you see around you?
  • What do you see in front of you?

By asking yourself these simple questions, you’re consciously shifting your thoughts to your surroundings instead of the problems that have been consuming your mind.

3. Get a Massage

Preferably a massage from your significant other. Personal touch with someone you love triggers the release of the cuddle hormone, oxytocin. This hormone has been shown to reduce blood pressure and control the stress hormone cortisol.

4. Have Some Fun

Play, joke, laugh—have some fun! Play can improve emotional well-being and improve problem solving, so go have some fun. Get outside and play catch, (nature can do wonders for your happiness), throw a game night with friends, or play with your kids!

5. Fight Stress With Food…. The Healthy Way

There’s a difference between stress eating and eating to control stress. There are some healthy foods that can actually help fight against stress and depression. No, these aren’t the sugary carb-filled foods you’re probably craving, but good news: dark chocolate made the list! Check out the 13 stress fighting foods.

When you’re feeling stressed, don’t forget one of the most valuable resources: your support system. Talking about what’s stressing you out with friends, family, or your Medifast counselor, can help lift some of that weight off your shoulders.

 

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