Here are my top 10 Tips for Stress Management to help overcome Emotional Stress Eating. Check out my proven stress buster:
1. Identifying Triggers
We can’t address stress until we know what’s causing it. The triggers can vary wildly from person to person, and
they’re not always obvious. Keeping a journal about stress can help to identify patterns and causes.
2. Understanding Coping Strategies
How do you currently react to stress, and is it helping or hindering you? Unhelpful responses include smoking, using
drugs, drinking alcohol, and of course, eating comfort food. A stress journal will help you make connections
between these coping mechanisms and stress triggers.
3. Develop New Strategies
If you’ve identified unhelpful coping strategies, the next step is to replace them with healthy ones. Experiment with stress buster like:
- Going for a walk
- Calling a friend or loved one
- Listening to music
There are endless options, so keep going until you find something that takes you out of your stressful mindset.
4. Getting Active
We already know that exercise is great for releasing endorphins and improving mood. During stressful times,
exercise can also provide space for us to process our thoughts. However, it doesn’t have to be intense exercise – even walking
the dog or dancing around the lounge to a favorite song can help.
5. Getting Proactive
Can your stress triggers be changed? If so, be proactive and take control. Write down three things that you could do
to address a stressful situation, and commit to doing them by a certain time for the best stress buster.
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6. Practicing Acceptance
It may be that you can’t change what’s stressing you. That’s a frustrating feeling in itself, and it can lead to even
more stress. In that case, practice accepting the things you can’t change.
7. Making Connections
Reaching out to family or friends can help you to feel calmer. They may be able to offer advice or support, but you
don’t even have to talk about what’s stressing you; the very act of simply making a social connection is often enough.
8. Practicing Self-Care
Make a conscious effort to set aside time to recharge. Get rid of any distractions and take the time to do something
you truly enjoy, whether that’s socializing, taking a relaxing bath, or working on a hobby or project. Here are some more tips to relax
9. Managing Time
Being busy is almost mandatory these days, and if we don’t manage our time effectively, we can easily become
overwhelmed. Don’t overcommit, learn to prioritize, and practice saying no to things you don’t want to or don’t have the time to do. Sleeping well is really important too.
10. Staying Positive
Taking just a few minutes to remind ourselves of everything we’re grateful for can be a wonderful mood-booster and stress buster.
What is your favorite tip and what are you going to implement this week? Comment below.
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