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Our Final EEQ Class: The Worka-CHOCO- Holic

Today’s “emotional eating quotient” class is on: The Stress Eater. You’re overworked, overwhelmed- and overeating. Those are the three “O’s” that are the downfall of driven, busy women. And women who balance many responsibilities struggle with putting themselves first. It takes time. Food is an easy Band-Aid, while real self- care is more time-intensive.

But solutions come in many shapes and sizes, and even small changes may be enough to avoid the extra pounds that come with busy lives.

  1. Think Self-Care: You don’t want to add more stress to your life. For example, take five minutes to transition between work and home by changing into your favorite loungewear before everyone needs dinner, or is clamoring to tell you about his or her day. Sit in the car and listen to music or a pod cast that relaxes you before heading to that lunch with that high-maintenance friend.
  2. Connect With Yourself: When you are stressed, take five again- 5 seconds- before digging into the Nutella. Tell yourself, ‘If hunger isn’t the problem, eating isn’t the solution”. And make a mental list of things that relax you that don’t involve chewing: calling a good friend, playing a game on your cell phone, browsing online shopping sites (you don’t have to press the “buy” button).
  3. Say It Out Loud: When you’re stressed, voicing your plan out loud brings it from you subconscious mind to your conscious mind, making you more likely to carry out your intentions. Saying out loud your plan to do something other than eat- “I’m going to lay down and watch one episode of Homeland for one hour”- will change the direction of your thoughts. It takes you off autopilot and puts you more in control.
  4. Get Curious: If the above doesn’t work, instead of beating yourself up, get curious. Think about what went wrong and what you could do next time to get a better result. Overachievers are smart and savvy; harness your own wisdom and you’ll do better next time!