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3 Things to Do to Avoid Stress Eating

By Virginia Laird

Stress eating is something that affects millions each year. Often, this eating is linked to unhealthy snacks. Rather than allowing your stress to lead you to food, there are plenty of things you can do to help avoid your desire to stress eat. Health and wellness experts have put together a few tips for you to try, including:

  • Hit the gym 
  • Take up a hobby
  • Avoid staying up too late

Hit the Gym

It is advised that those who feel the urge to eat when feeling stressed should instead hit the gym. Or, if you don't feel like hitting the gym, take a walk. Exercise in place of stress eating can help reduce your stress, as well as help you assist you in losing a few unwanted pounds. Health and wellness experts suggest that you should get at least 30 minutes of exercise each day. However, those relying on exercise to help avoid stress eating may find themselves exercising a couple of times a day. Give this a try the next time you feel the desire to reach for a bag of chips or cookies.

Take Up a Hobby

Most people who admit to stress eating say they do so as a way to fill their time and free their mind. For this reason health and wellness experts say that taking up a hobby can be beneficial. Committing yourself to a hobby can both fill your time and free your mind from the stress of the day. A few hobbies to give a try include exercise, yard work, and crafting, among others. Finding the hobby that fits you just right may take a few months; however, it will be well worth the trial. Get started finding a hobby today.

Avoid Staying Up Too Late

Another way to avoid stress eating is to avoid staying up too late. Often stress can lead individuals to struggle with sleep. It is during this time when stress eating can be at its highest. Instead of allowing this to happen to you, it is necessary that you avoid staying up too late. Sleep is linked to stress management. According to research, those who get the sleep they need often report lower levels of stress and anxiety. Health and wellness experts say that the average adult should get at least six hours of sleep each night. Still, there are plenty who need much more sleep than this. Getting the sleep you need may require you to set a bedtime for yourself and stick to it.

Make today the day you stop stress eating. While the battle may be difficult, you can do it.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Greenville,S.C.

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