If you’re a person on the earth, you might relate to this scenario, or some version of it:
Your day starts getting out of control—you realize you slept through your alarm or you get stuck in traffic on the way to work, or maybe you get a really frustrating text or voicemail—and the next thing you know you’re stress eating, grabbing whatever snacks are closest to you, eating them almost mindlessly, maybe beyond the point of fullness or comfort.
Yep, we’ve all been there. It’s pretty common to reach for food when you’re feeling heightened levels of emotion—especially anxiety or sadness—even when you’re not physically hungry.
Stress is no fun, and it makes sense to seek out food to cope with whatever you’re feeling at the moment. Food provides pleasure and comfort, which we tend to crave during stressful times. You’ve probably heard or read that stress eating is a huge problem, an unhealthy habit that needs to be curbed right away.
I’m here to tell you that it’s a little more complicated than that.
Head on over to SELF right now to read the full article on What To Do if Stress Eating is Stressing You Out