Eating Everything in sight?Jun 08, 2020
Many people are asking how to stop emotional eating in this pandemic i'm going to give you a reason why you may be emotional eating
Eating prompts the brain the release some happy hormones called endorphins
So because you are ‘bored’ and not getting endorphins from anywhere else, it's natural to want to eat a lot in this quarantine as it's the ‘only time’ you're getting these hormones.
When you were back in your old routined life you were actually receiving pleasure hormones all the time. When you finish a task at work, when you go to the gym, when you see your friends.
You were receiving pleasure hormones on all different times of the day so food wasn't really thought about as much as it is now.
In order to stop the binges we need to set up other ways to recieve pleasure hormones.
Set yourself small tasks throughout the day to spike your pleasure centers.
Start with small tasks you can be sure to complete, even write it down and tick it off when you're down. The tick itself can be pleasurable. Some people use whiteboards for their kids. It's proved to be very effective.
I must emphasize the importance of giving your day a meaning, before when you were at work you had a meaning. So now you must find meaning in your isolation, meaning can give you a constant drip of pleasure, activities so small such as making sure your mum laughs today can reduce anxiety.
Here is a few activities you can do to get your pleasure hormones going;
Read ten pages of a book
Write a little blog and complete it
Meditating- even just completing 5 minutes will give you a sense of accomplishment
Write schedules or make posters on canva
Creating art or music or even completing a colouring page
Finishing a puzzle
Do an online course
Sex ( not thinking about food during sex are we )
Go for a run and try to beat your time each day
Exercise of any sort and improving on it each day
Learn something new ( I watch a ted talk everyday to learn something new)
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