From Sam Smith, to your neighbor, or even you, many people struggle with emotional eating. Through the highs and lows of life, some people have been known to use food to deal with their emotions, from being happy, sad, angry, or depressed.
The first place to start is recognition! Once you’ve identify that you turn to food during emotional times, you have the power now to make a choice. Here’s a list of things to do instead of emotional eating:
1. Write in a journal expressing all the emotions in which you are feeling.
2. Meditate. While this may not be a regular practice for some, try sitting outside for 5 minutes with your eyes closed. Each time add more minutes. Soon you’ll feel free!
3. Organize your closet! Make a list of things you want to clean around the house. Pick one each time you get the urge to emotional eat.
4. Music! Play your favorite song loudly! Dance or do jumping jacks. As soon as you move your body, the endorphins will flow, making you feel good.
5. Take a walk! Call a friend to meet you and before you know it, you’ll be talking about what’s on your mind.
6. Wash your car.
7. Play cards.
8. Try a new workout online.
9. Garden or mow your lawn.
10. Plan a trip or a visit to a park, theater, or museum.