‘Ry, how do I stop eating everything in my pantry when stressed?'
Let's clarify what the problem is and what the problem is NOT.
Is the problem that you eat everything in your pantry when stressed? OR Is the problem that you are so stressed that you are looking for a coping mechanism to deal with the stress?
There is NOTHING wrong with eating when you are stressed. However, if you're looking to solve your stress – eating just isn't going to do it. Just like a walk probably wouldn't do it either.
Because just like a walk, eating is just a coping mechanism to calm yourself down.
Coping isn't solving.
Want to stop eating over your stress?
Let's address the stress. Might the eating work itself out?
Questions to address your stress:
01. What triggered the stress?
Is this stress coming from something that just occurred? Or is this ongoing stress because of your life situation? Either way, identify it. Stress is stress.
02. What is this telling me I need?
Are you stressed about work? Maybe this is telling you that you need more boundaries around work.
Stressed about your kids? Maybe this is telling you that you need to practice letting go
Are you stressed about your body? Maybe this is telling you that you need to do some deeper healing work
Stressed about your marriage? Maybe this is telling you that its time to address the stressor in your marriage
03. What is NOT working?
However, your management currently isn't working. Otherwise, I doubt you would be reading this. What are you currently doing to manage? If you're honest with yourself, is that working?
04. What can I let go of?
Lists I recommend making to help with this
- Things in my control verse things not in my control
- Things I have to do verse things I want to do
- People that add to my life verse people that drain me
If you take anything away from this, let it be this: eating over stress isn't your problem. Your stress is your problem.