Have you ever eaten a piece of chocolate to reduce your stress before important meeting? Or do you believe that if you eat a cookie, everything will look brighter? If not, you are an exception. Most people when facing some stressful situation use food to lessen their stress.
We all use eating as a method of stress relieving even if we do not consciously notice it. The problems begin when you face serious long-term crisis or simply a prolonged stressful situation (like romantic or family problems). Then eating becomes a habit and soon after you start gaining weight because of high-calorie food you use for stress reduction. In a matter of months your problems cease to be solved by snacks which become another serious problem itself.
Surprisingly enough, the most dangerous job when it comes to coping with stress by overeating is a truck driver. Long hours, being constantly in the move and having to meet tight deadlines make them eat more and more snack foods to calm down. Soon after that, many of them become overweight – all because of an attempt to reduce the stress level.
Eating food provides some measure of comfort and improves your mood, that’s true. There are countless mothers who have a candy or a piece of chocolate every time when children start fighting or when they don’t know an answer to children’s questions. The problem is that while it makes them feel better, it does not solve any problems: children will still be fighting and asking difficult questions. In case of long-term stress, eating is a short way to gain weight. A lot of weight.
The point is that we can’t overcome stress using snacks. It may let us go for an hour or maybe even a day, but it will certainly come back – stronger and harder to cope with. If you want to lower the stress level, you have to face the stressful situation and find out what really causes the feeling of stress, then eliminate it. You can always do it, regardless of your present situation. It may be hard at times and a quick victory is rarely possible, but you can start improve your life and reduce the stress level to more manageable level.
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