How To Manage Emotions & Stress With Weight Loss

One thing that can quickly turn any well-meaning diet into a disaster is stress and emotional overload.

When we are highly stressed out, our ability to choose healthy meal choices can fly right out the window, especially when coupled with a very strong emotional response.

If you’re someone who is dealing with a high amount of stress on a regular basis, it’s vital that you learn how to combat that.  Otherwise, you may just find yourself sitting at home on the couch one evening having your way with a tub of Ben & Jerry’s.

Emotional eating is something that influences almost everyone at some point, but with the right techniques, you can ensure it doesn’t get to you all that often.

Let’s have a quick look at some of the top ways that you can manage your emotions and stress as you go about the weight loss journey.

USE A STRESS JOURNAL

A great way to mitigate the stress and emotions is to use a stress journal.  This is a very helpful tool that’s going to ensure that you have an outlet to get your emotions out regarding whatever is stressing you.

It’s when the emotions continue to build up higher and higher that you’re far more likely to turn to food as a result, so this is what must be avoided.

Take 10 minutes to write down in a stress journal whatever is on your mind any time you feel the sudden urge to eat something you shouldn’t. Allow it to be a distraction when you feel that heaviness of emotions come about. 

TAKE DEEP BREATHS

Ok, as silly as it may sound, simply taking 10 deep breaths can combat the emotional response that comes from stress.

By doing so, you delay the gratification process (you digging into that tub of ice cream) by at least a few minutes and the deep breathing will lower the heart rate and help produce a sense of calmness about your body.

This then can help to improve your mental clarity and reduce the chances that you do turn to food for comfort.

VISUALIZE: THE POWER OF POSITIVE THINKING

Visualization is also an extremely strong ally in the stress-busting process.  If you feel yourself highly stressed or emotional and like you’re going to be digging into some junk food in no time, try taking ten minutes to visualize your dream body or you at the end goal you’re striving to reach.  I really learned a lot on how to visualize all the good things I wanted to happen through Joe Vitale's The Attractor Factor.  Check it out…awesome audio available on iTunes. 

Simply getting a positive image in your mind can produce a desire so strong to reach it that you’ll think twice about turning to that food.

LOOK WHAT YOU CAN CUT OUT

Finally, the last thing that you is to look at what you could possibly cut out from your life that’s causing you stress.  Is it your job? A friend? A situation?  The arrangement of your furniture? A busy schedule (who doesn't!!)??

But really, for many of us, it’s simply too busy of a schedule that leads us to feel overwhelmed and unable to cope with it all.  By saying no to some tasks that you really don’t have time to be dealing with, you can help overcome this issue in a hurry.

So there you have some of the key tips to keep in mind regarding how to deal with stress and emotional eating.  Use one or two of these next time you’re struggling and you can ensure it doesn’t cause you to get off your diet plan.

Got a great tip on how to side-step stress?  Please, share it below!  You never know who you may help!  And that feels DARN good! 

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