If you’re stuck indoors at the moment, you might find yourself eating more than you need to. For some people boredom is a great reason to eat and relieve the stress of not being able to do anything. Left unchecked, emotional eating can lead to obesity and all sorts of health problems, so it’s good to be aware of the triggers so you can work on them.
We use a few overeating profile assessments to help our clients identify their triggers which we can then work through with CBT and hypnotherapy. Below are a few trigger groups so you can explore where and when you feel the most triggered to eat when you don’t need to!
Conflicts or arguments
Being around people that are eating or being encouraged to eat
Feeling inadequate around others
Feeling bad, anxious or depressed
Feeling good, happy or relaxed
Feeling bored with nothing to do
Feeling distressed or excited
Seeing advertising about food
Passing a shop with nice food
At a party or celebration (this could be social too, but it’s more about the environment)
Making excuses about why it’s OK to eat
Negative thinking about weight and unable to control eating
Thinking about how things should be
Experiencing pain or physical discomfort
Trembling, headache or feeling light headed, associated with not eating enough
Fatigue or feeling tired
Hunger pains or urges to eat although you’ve recently eaten.
You can go through the 5 categories and see which areas cause you to unconsciously overeat the most. Sometimes just being aware that these situations can cause us to eat more than we need to can be enough to make changes in the way we react to these experiences in the future, however some people need some additional guidance and tools which is what we’re here for!
If you are stuck inside at the moment and are finding yourself reaching into the fridge every 30 minutes when you’re not hungry, try changing your energy, do something else, make yourself do 10 sit ups or 50 star jumps! Make it interesting and make yourself work for it!
“The first and best victory is to conquer self.”Plato