All of us are feeling stress that we've never felt before. Everything feels out of control. We have no idea what tomorrow will bring. We just need a little break, a time out. For some of us, that means we deserve a treat and the first thing we do is reach for food. Not broccoli or fish. No way! We go for COMFORT FOOD!
We need a little comfort right now. Something to take our minds off the news or our job loss or the loved one that's sick. This is seriously scary stuff.
Listen, I'm right there with you but, I have some background info that helps me turn to other methods of relieving my stress. The sugary or salty snack may help you for a moment, but in the long run, it can make things worse.
Food can cause anxiety! Binge-eating sugary foods will put your blood sugar on a roller coaster ride. That will absolutely affect your mood. Sugar also lowers your immune system by 40% for 4-5 hours after you eat it! No one needs that now. We need our strongest immune systems ever.
Before we talk about how to reduce your stress to avoid that extra eating, let's get your mind right around food.
So if food can't actually help us reduce our stress, what will? Take a look at these steps to help you lower your stress and avoid the corona 20.
Ways to reduce your stress: Here are my favorite options for reducing stress:
I completely understand that these are unprecedented times. Eating a bit of your favorite food won't kill you. If more restrictions on your life seem overwhelming, just do the best that you can. I just ask you to be honest with yourself. If eating all the things is making you feel horrible, following these steps can help. If you need more help than that, please reach out. I'd be more than happy to help any way that I can. In the meantime, be safe and be well.
Love to you all!