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How to stop stress eating during lockdown
Sunday, 3 May · 2 min read

Do your eating habits feel out of control at present? If so, take comfort in the fact that it's a common response to being under stress.

Turning to food can give us a sense of control when the world around us feels completely unpredictable, and certain sweets and high-carb foods can trigger the release of feel-good hormones that make us feel better -- at least for a short while.

However, if the way you're eating is now causing you stress, rather than relieving it, try these 4 strategies:

  1. Don't skip meals to make up for overeating - doing so can lead to cravings that may increase your risk of binge eating later in the day.
  2. Try a stress-relieving activity like meditation or exercising instead - distracting yourself in this way can help the craving pass and it may help to relieve the stress that’s making you want to eat.
  3. Consider eating healthier foods when the urge strikes - a baked sweet potato can provide comfort without the high levels of fat or calories found in junk food.
  4. Seek help if your eating feels out of control and it’s causing you distress - confide in a friend or family member if you feel comfortable or search online for local helplines and charities that can provide more advice.

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