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Apps That Help Alleviate Stress

Our lives can get really hectic these days. We’re constantly trying to keep up with everything and stay organized, but it’s not easy. Nobody wants to drag around a journal to keep track of their emotions along with a planner and calendar and all sorts of other stuff.

Luckily, there are a wide variety of apps that can help you alleviate stress in a variety of ways. The first kind of stress relief app you might come across are those that help with meditation.

Meditation is a very good way of relieving stress, allowing you time to clear your head, collect your emotions, and think clearly. It emphasizes deep, slow breathing to help lower your heart rate as well, which is another contributing factor of stress.

Guided meditation apps will help you learn to meditate properly by displaying breathing techniques along with calming sounds, music, and images. This makes meditation a lot easier to pick up and is more interesting and interactive than just sitting in silence for a little while.

Another major type of stress relief app helps you keep track of your emotions. They’re essentially little journals in which you can log what’s stressing you out or how you’re feeling about certain things.

Being able to visualize what’s stressing you out by writing it out is a huge help and is much more effective than just keeping it in your head. You’re also able to look back on older entries so that you can track the state of your emotions over time.

A slightly different kind of app that will help your stress is anything that helps you with planning. Disorganization can quickly lead to you being stressed out, with things suddenly popping up that you forgot about and forcing you to scramble and figure out a plan on the spot.

Instead of just having your week kind of planned out in your head, planner apps are a convenient way to help you lay it all out clearly as soon as possible. For example, if a friend of yours wants to grab lunch on a certain day the following week, you’ll be able to log it right then and also check to see if it interferes with anything else you might have going on.

Another major benefit of these planners is that they can send you alerts, letting you know a few hours or days in advance about something that’s coming up. Time management is a huge stress reliever in this fast-paced world.

Signs You’re Stressed and You Don’t Even Know It

For many people, stress is a common occurrence, arising from various events that happen each day. At some point, stress becomes something that we’re almost used to. However, whether you’re used to being stressed out or not, stress can have the same negative physical and mental effects on you.

Stress affects everyone differently. Different things can cause stress more than others depending on the person. However, there are some common signs of stress that you have to watch out for.

While you may not be able to realize that you’re stressed out right away, you’ll likely be able to notice these signs easily enough. First, you might find it to be easier to identify the physical signs of stress.

Strangely, stress can cause a variety of negative physical effects, including increased heartrate, headaches or migraines, lowered immune system, and even feelings of nausea.

These can all lead to further stress or worsened physical effects if they’re left unchecked. Next, you’ll notice the emotional signs. The most common one among people is that they start to become irritable and easily angered.

The smallest things can provoke them and set them off. On the inside, you might feel panicked, as if you’re losing all control and your life is in some kind of tailspin right now. Similarly, you might find it really difficult to focus.

With so many thoughts running through your head, your brain won’t be operating at its best, so you’ll find it a lot harder to sit down and focus on doing the things that you need to do.

Procrastination is often used as a means to relieve stress, but only tends to make the stress worse. Dangerously, you might notice in some people or in yourself that they begin to drink more or start to abuse drugs.

This can create a whole world of horrible issues, but is often used as a means of helping their stress initially. It’s important to pay attention to these signs if you really want to resolve your stress.

One of the most important things about stress relief is being able to seek out the sources of your stress and deal with them directly, but you won’t be able to do that if you don’t realize that you’re stressed out in the first place.

After you’re able to understand that you’re stressed out and you figure out what signs point to it, you’ll then be able to move on and start dealing with each issue on an individual basis.

Does Stress Cause Your Face to Break Out?

When you get really stressed out, the smallest little things can set you off and make you upset – like someone driving too slowly in front of you on your way to work, someone messing up an order you placed, or even someone just phrasing something wrong.

One thing you might’ve noticed when you’re really stressed out is that you might begin to break out with acne all of a sudden. This can be extremely annoying in the moment and can cause even more stress for you, having to worry about your appearance and wondering if people are staring at you.

In reality, it’s not that big of a deal, and is a very common occurrence, particularly in younger adults or teenagers. It’s been known for some time now that stress and break outs share a significant connection, though it’s still not entirely clear what that connection is.

It’s been extensively researched and studied accounting for a wide variety of variables, and stress still seems to be the most pressing factor in acne break outs. Some scientists believe it to be related to hormone production and the way certain cells in your body respond to the hormones, but it’s not known for sure.

There are a few different ways to help yourself make it through these break outs. The best long term solution is to resolve what it is that’s stressing you out, though this can be difficult and will definitely take some time to do.

In a shorter time span, you can temporarily relieve some stress by relaxing and changing your mindset, which can help lower your stress levels considerably for a short period.

Additionally, if you don’t already have some form of face cleansing routine, starting one can do wonders for your stress-induced breakouts. It can be anything as simple as washing your face nightly to something as advanced as having multiple scrubs that have to be used at certain times of the day.

The whole point of any routine is to get the excess oils off of your face, but it also has a certain stress relieving element to it. By getting yourself into some kind of concrete cycle, you make it a lot easier on yourself to keep up with your routine.

It also feels like you’re giving yourself some general structure to go off of, which can help a lot if you’re feeling stressed out with the rest of your life in chaos or turmoil. You can even find facial cleansers that have an aromatherapy scent like lavender to help calm you during stressful times.

How to Live a Better Life By Overcoming Your Emotions

What if I told you that your best laid plans and your dreams of success are constantly being sabotaged? What if I told you that there is this person that constantly gets in the way of you living the kind of happy, complete and contented life you deserve?

Sounds crazy? Well, if you're like the typical American, you probably can easily rattle off the names of half a dozen people that may have contributed to your current frustrations.

Maybe it's your school principal who decided not to put you in the gifted program because he or she felt that you still needed a lot of polishing. Maybe it's your parents who simply did not understand you and you feel they treated you badly. Maybe it's your first boyfriend or girlfriend who hurt you so much that you're still feeling the negative consequences of their rejection, betrayal or discouragement.

If you're like most other people, you can easily rattle off three, six, or even dozens of names. What if I told you that that mental list that you have is completely worthless because the fault does not lie with any of those people?

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Now, you probably are up in arms about this. You probably can rattle off thousands of reasons why these people screwed you up emotionally. Well, the reality is, nobody can make you feel lousy without your approval. Seriously. Nobody can make you feel bad without your consent.

I know that this quote from Eleanor Roosevelt may seem harsh, but it's absolutely true. Whatever mental state you're in, whatever emotions flash into your consciousness the moment you think about somebody or a situation in your life, is a choice.

And unfortunately, a lot of people are unable to make this fact work for them instead of allowing it to constantly work against them. We can't make headway against this. We know how this works, we know that it's negative, but somehow, some way, the moment we find ourselves in certain situations or we start thinking of certain things or certain people, we get all negative.

Now, it would be great if this negative reaction just stayed on a purely internal and emotional level, but it doesn't. Instead, we say the wrong things to the wrong people and all the wrong drama blows up.

Similarly, we can get so worked up about something that we thought about, or something that somebody said or did, that it pretty much poisons the rest of our day. We're not as effective as we could be.

Make no mistake, until and unless you are able to overcome your emotions, you will always remain frustrated. You will always remain unhappy with some aspects of your life. It will continue your inability to overcome your emotions. It will continue to rob you of the happiness you are otherwise capable of achieving.

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Thinking and acting emotionally almost always leads to a less than optimal situation. Whatever conflicts are in your life, it gets worse. Whatever negative mental habits you have gets reinforced. Whatever bad decisions you tend to make become even more habitual. You need to break the chain. Do it today.

Read this book to discover the steps that you need to take to start living a more effective life. This book is written in plain English and pushes you to take solid action to finally break the invisible shackles that are holding you back from a life of contentment, happiness and purpose.

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Stop emotional eating with mindful eating

Stop Emotional Eating with Mindful Eating

Mindful eating and emotional eating are both eating practices, one that will lead to personal peace, harmony and health, and the other providing an opposite set of outcomes.

How Can You Stop Eating Emotionally by Being Mindful?

Emotional eating can also be termed stress eating. This is because it often occurs as a response to stress. However, any emotion, either positive or negative, can trigger the unhealthy eating behaviors that are attached to emotional eating.

You may turn to unhealthy amounts of comfort food and junk food because you just bought your first new home, or got fired from a job, or some other emotion-packed event occurred in your life.

Mindful eating takes your emotions out of the equation. Have you ever had a parent, teacher or instructor tell you to keep your mind on what you were doing? They are telling you to be mindful of your actions.

When you focus and concentrate on whatever it is you are engaged in, your performance improves as do the results, and you limit the possibility of failure, injury and other possible negative outcomes.

In the same way, mindful eating is nothing more than being mindful of the eating process. When you eat mindfully, you focus on the texture, smell, taste, feel and sound of your eating experience.

You truly recognize each bite and chew your food sufficiently and thoughtfully. You prepare your food without thinking about anything else. You enjoy the cooking process as much as eating.

Much of emotional eating is mindless. You are not thinking about the eating process or what you are eating. Instead, you are thinking about your feelings and emotions. Being mindful about the whole eating process doesn't allow for your emotions to take control.

You can't give into positive or negative emotions, and develop negative eating behaviors because of those emotions, when you recognize and mindfully experience how, what, when and why you are eating.

Formula for Replacing Emotional Eating with Mindful Eating

The next time you are about to eat, or you are thinking about planning a meal, ask yourself the following questions.

WHY do I want to eat? What is the core reason, the truthful, honest reason, that I'm about to eat? Am I physically hungry? Am I eating out of habit? Am I eating simply because it is so certain time of day? Is there some deep down emotional need that is causing me to eat for comfort, or as a reward?

WHAT food am I about to eat? Is it comforting food to feed my emotions? Could I eat healthier food? If I am truly hungry and not emotionally eating, why not eat a healthy meal of fresh fruits and vegetables instead of junk food, comfort food or fast food?

The key to this process working is honesty. When you ask yourself, "Why am I eating," you need to answer that question honestly. Don't simply tell yourself that you are hungry. Ask yourself why you are hungry.

Is your hunger coming from your head or your heart instead of your stomach? This process involves being mindful of your moods before you eat, as well as being mindful of what you eat and why you are eating it.

When you force yourself to be aware of the food you are eating, the time you are eating it and what the underlying reason is that you are eating, this mindfulness can reveal that you were about to eat because of an emotional need.

In this way, if you eat mindfully at every meal and snack, you rob unhealthy emotional eating from causing poor nutrition habits. This is how being mindful at mealtime can reduce, or totally eliminate, your emotional eating episodes, and the poor health conditions they lead to.

Meditation or hypnosis to stop emotional eating

Meditation or Hypnosis to Stop Emotional Eating

If emotional eating is as rampant and commonplace as nutritionists and health experts believe, this could be one of the reasons the human race is more overweight and obese than at any other time in our history.

We are eating because we are happy or sad, instead of when we are truly hungry, and in those occasions, the foods we consume are usually far from healthy. Then there is the problem with volume, because emotional eaters tend to down large quantities of this unhealthy food.

Overweight and obesity, heart disease and diabetes, as well as other health problems both brain and body-based, are your rewards for not eating properly. It makes sense then that if you could stop eating in response to a mood or feeling, and only eat when you are truly and physically hungry, you could avoid a long list of bothersome, dangerous and even deadly health problems.

Turning to an Ancient Answer - Meditation

Meditation has been used for thousands of years for stress-relief and other mental health benefits. Meditation practitioners point to physical health benefits due to the fact that your emotions are linked to your physical health, as well as your mental state of being. While many people have different ideas about what meditation is, it is simply a state where you are unconsciously aware.

In the early part of the 21st century, meditation has proven effective for many as an emotional eating treatment. Here is how to end emotional eating with meditation.

1 - The next time you are about to eat anything, a meal or snack, big or small, find a quiet place. Get seated comfortably or lie down, close your eyes, and take a few deep breaths. Don't think about eating.

Don't think about existing. Just exist in the present moment. Focus on your breathing, being consciously aware of how you feel and what is happening as you breathe.

2 - Clear your thoughts. If any thought or emotion enters your mind, gently push it away. Your goal is to not consciously "think" about anything. You are not focusing on thinking, you are just being.

3 - When your mind is clear, think about a single occasion or event when you were peacefully happy. Focus on that one occasion only. See it in your mind. Don't judge it, just watch it in your mind. Attach positive words to that memory. Think of things like fulfillment, happiness, peace, serenity.

4 - Give yourself anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes for this process. Instead of an occasion or event, you may choose to focus on a physical object or simply continue to live in the moment, experiencing your breathing.

After this process, your emotions are calmed and soothed. They are not positively or negatively elevated or lowered. Now ask yourself why you were about to eat. In this meditative state, you will find it easy to answer yourself honestly. Maybe you actually were physically hungry.

If this is the case, eat a healthy meal, instead of the junk food and unhealthy food emotional eaters turn to. Do this frequently, and you will be able to quickly enter a state of consciousness that can help you end your unhealthy emotional eating habits.

Bypassing Your Conscious Mind to Beat Emotional Eating

Like meditation, hypnotherapy speaks directly to your unconscious mind. Your conscious thought patterns are bypassed, and through specific speaking patterns or relaxation techniques, you can reprogram your mental hardwiring.

When successful, hypnosis has proven nearly a miracle cure. The list of physical and mental problems hypnosis has been able to treat effectively is diverse and nearly endless.

Since your emotions are based in your thoughts and feelings, hypnosis is a logical and alternative treatment option. You speak directly to your subconscious, teaching it to avoid responding to emotions with negative eating behaviors.

Your unconscious mind can form new habits incredibly quickly, which means hypnotherapy may rapidly heal your unhealthy emotional eating episodes when everything else you have tried has failed.

How to Use Hypnotherapy to End Emotional Eating

Seek a licensed hypnotherapist in your area. You can alternately search Google or YouTube for "emotional eating hypnotherapy music" or "emotional eating binaural beats". There are self-hypnosis books, DVDs, CDs and courses sold online.

Whichever remedy you choose, get started as soon as possible. Healthy hypnosis will begin with you comfortably lying down, closing your eyes and attempting to remove your thoughts and emotions from your mind.

You will then listen to calming, soothing music that helps your mind enter an unconscious state rather than a conscious one. This music may or may not be accompanied with vocals or instructions.

When your hypnosis session is over, take a few deep breaths and tell yourself you're getting better at controlling how your emotions drive your eating habits. Feel good about this.

Tell yourself you are positively becoming more aware and conscious of everything that surrounds the eating process. Feel good about yourself. Tell yourself that you look forward to your next hypnosis session.

Immediately following your initial hypnosis or self-hypnosis session, you may feel a little unsettled. This is a typical response to hypnotherapy for beginners. After 3 to 5 sessions, you will begin to notice the following results.

"You will experience less stress and anxiety, and calmer, more even emotions.

"When your emotions are about to cause you to make a decision, you will be unconsciously aware this is happening, and more capable of controlling your emotional response.

"You will feel good about yourself, and you will want to practice this relaxing, calming, leveling process daily.

"In every aspect of your life, not just eating, you will begin to make smarter choices.

"You will become consciously aware when your emotions may be leading you to make unhealthy eating choices.

"You will find yourself feeling healthier and becoming healthier in mind and body.

You are going to experience emotions. It is part of the human condition. However, you don't need to get over those emotions by resorting to comfort food.

Hypnotherapy helps you maintain a healthier lifestyle and remove stress from your life, and since stress is one of the major motivators for emotional eating, this is how hypnosis may be able to end your emotional eating once and for all.

EFT or tapping to stop emotional eating

EFT or Tapping to Stop Emotional Eating

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has been referred to as "psychological acupressure". In acupuncture and acupressure, energy channels are recognized throughout your body. These are specifically located superhighways of energy flow, and they can become blocked by environmental toxins, mental stress and anxiety, poor diet and a number of other causes.

Acupressure and acupuncture work to clear up any blockages in these energy meridians, so your energy flows freely, and mental and physical health problems are abated.

EFT is a practice in the emerging field of energy psychology that recognizes emotional problems can lead to physical symptoms, diseases and illness. EFT is sometimes called tapping, because this treatment uses light tapping motions with your fingers on specific areas where energy meridians are located.

This is a much less invasive and frightful experience than the implanting of small needles, which is practiced in acupuncture. However, the idea is the same.

EFT tapping unblocks your clogged energy pathways, and both mental and physical symptoms and health problems are cleared up. This leads to energy harmony, and a stronger control of your emotions, as well as a control of your responses to your emotions.

Emotional Eating and EFT Tapping

Several experts on the subject believe that more often than not, people eat for emotional reasons, not physical hunger. This can be problematic for several reasons. First off, your health can take a turn for the worse.

You can become overweight or obese, develop diabetes or heart disease, and experience a long list of negative health consequences directly related to overeating and consuming junk food and comfort food.

Fortunately, EFT is an excellent methodology to help you decrease, or totally eliminate, your emotional eating episodes.


How to "Tap" to Stop Emotional Eating

Emotional eaters often crave a particular food. When you feel an emotional eating episode or unhealthy craving coming on, ask yourself what is it about the food that you like so much? What is it doing for you? What positive feelings is it giving you? Is it the tastiness or crunchiness of the food? Is it the fact that after eating, you feel happy, relaxed, soothed or content?

Now that you have an idea about what the food does for you when you eat emotionally, recognize that positive emotion. Give yourself the permission to feel the good sensations or emotions you get when you eat emotionally.

Next, create a "Reminder Phrase". This should be a phrase that reminds you of the current physical, mental or emotional problem you are experiencing, in the case of emotional eating, a craving to eat for the wrong reasons. You reminder phrase may be, "I am craving a large pizza with all the works and extra cheese."

Before you get started tapping, create and say your "Setup Affirmation" 3 times, while simultaneously tapping on the focus point. (The focus points are listed below). This affirmation should be formed as, "Even though ________, I profoundly and deeply love and accept myself."

You place your reminder phrase in the blank. In this example, you would say, "Even though I am craving a large pizza with all the works and extra cheese, I profoundly and deeply love and accept myself."

The Tapping Sequence

1 - Top of the head
2 - The inside ends of the eyebrows
3 - The outside of your eyes
4 - Directly under your eyes
5 - Beneath your nose and above your upper lip
6 - The center of your chin in the indentation below your lower lip
7 - The inner ends of your collarbones
8 - 3 or 4 inches below each of your armpits
9 - The inside of your wrist, below your palm
10 - Karate-chop point, located on the outside of your palm below your pinkie finger

Now you are going to move through the 10 energy meridian tapping points listed above. Say your reminder phrase out loud once or twice while tapping at each meridian point during the first sequence. Tap lightly and quickly with the tips of the pointer and middle fingers of one hand.

For the meridian points that have 2 sides, such as the collarbones, choose one side or the other. After moving through all 10 tapping points once, repeat the process, saying the reminder phrase one time per point.

When you have done so, after a few sequences, this unblocks important channels of energy that can lead to poor emotional and behavioral choices, such as emotional eating. Keep the positive and negative memories you have from eating whatever it is that you are craving.

Focus on those memories and emotions as you tap. After tapping all 10 tapping energy channels 2 or 3 times, express your level of emotional pain on a scale of 0 to 10, 10 being the most painful.

Then tap through another series, and check your painful emotions again. After a few sequences, you should be able to get the pain attached to your emotional eating cravings down to 3 or lower.

This means you have identified emotions as causing your eating behavior, not physical hunger, you are in control, and you most likely won't feel like eating any longer.

Since EFT recognizes emotional reasons are at the core of most health problems, whether they are physical or emotional, it makes the perfect treatment for emotion-based eating disorders. Not only do your negative emotions cause an imbalance in your body's natural energy system, but any imbalance in your energy flow can lead to emotions that you answer with unhealthy eating habits.

If you have tried in vain to conquer emotional eating, perhaps this relatively new form of energy healing will provide the relief you're looking for.

Difference between emotional eating and binge eating

Difference Between Emotional Eating and Binge Eating

It is often believed that emotional eaters turn to food in order to handle some negative emotional experience. You get fired from your job, your spouse leaves you, you experience a traumatic event, or some other emotional upset happens in your life.

You rush to the store immediately, purchase pizza, chili, bacon, ice cream, cake, soda and sweets, and return home to try and stifle your painful emotions with addictive simple carbohydrates and junk food that cause addiction and health problems.

This is a typical reaction for the emotional eater. However, not all emotional eating takes place because of a negative experience. Unhealthy overeating of comfort foods and junk food may take place as a celebration of a joyful event. You land your dream job or you find the mate of your dreams.

Life is grand, and you celebrate by running out and purchasing pizza, chili, bacon, ice cream, cake, soda and sweets. Let the unhealthy food gorging begin.

In both of these cases, your unhealthy eating practices are triggered by some type of emotion. You are not eating because you are physically hungry.

You are either trying to stifle a less than enjoyable emotion, or you are recognizing positive emotions by eating large quantities of junk food and comfort food. This is classic emotional eating, not binge eating.

The Definition of Binge Eating

Binge eating, unlike emotional eating or stress eating, is a recognized eating disorder. It is characterized by eating significantly more food than someone normally would in a specific period of time, usually less than a couple of hours. Answering your emotions by eating can definitely lead to binge eating.

However, binge eating is not always an emotional response. Some binge eaters speak of almost being in a trance while they consume massive amounts of unhealthy food over the period of an hour or two. They feel absolutely powerless to stop.

They have no control, and often report that they feel like they are outside of their body, watching themselves uncontrollably eat. Many binge eaters talk about having no emotions at all when they are consuming large quantities of food.

When they are binge eating, the amount of food consumed is several times what a person would normally eat in that period of time. Emotions don't always play a part. However, there are negative emotions experienced after binge eating for most of these types of eaters.

It is understandable to feel disgust and depression, guilt and shame, when you look at the carnage around you and realize you just ate three double cheeseburgers, three large orders of fries, an entire pie and a pint of ice cream, and washed it all down with a 2 liter bottle of soda.

To summarize, emotional eating is the practice of unhealthy eating habits in response to a feeling or emotion. Binge eating is the consumption of massive amounts of food in a short period of time, which may or may not have emotional causes.

With binge eating, the person is usually focusing on what they are eating, as opposed to why they are eating. If someone is eating for emotional reasons, they are often well aware why they are doing what they are doing.

Emotional eating and diabetes

Emotional Eating and Diabetes

Is there any link between emotional eating, also called stress eating, and diabetes? Does one lead to the other? Can you have one without the other?

The Mayo Clinic tells us that type II diabetes "... develops when the body becomes resistant to insulin or when the pancreas stops producing enough insulin."

They then mention that being overweight or obese can contribute to the development of this health issue. Not everyone turns to food in order to deal with their emotions.

However, the day your doctor sits you down and reveals that you have type II diabetes, if you are the type of person that eats for emotional reasons, that prognosis could certainly trigger an unhealthy binge eating episode. In this way, the development of diabetes can cause a negative emotional state which triggers emotional eating.

Since the foods that are usually the target of an emotional eater are simple carbohydrates and sweets in many cases, this can cause a dramatic imbalance in your blood sugar level. To manage diabetes you have to learn to keep your blood sugar within a healthy range.

Health foods are not usually the first things emotional eaters reach for. Because of this, if you don't learn to curb or eliminate your emotional eating when you have type II diabetes, you can make the condition worse.

Stressful, Emotional Eating as a Cause of Diabetes

Let's pretend for a moment that you have never in your life turned to comfort food and unhealthy eating habits in response to an emotion. You have never indulged in an excess of sweet treats because something didn't go your way, and you always practiced restraint when food was a part of some celebration or ceremony.

For whatever reason, because of lifestyle choices, being overweight, inactivity and other causes, you develop diabetes. Type II diabetes is by no means a death sentence.

Millions of people live successfully with this affliction. It is possible to manage and even beat type II diabetes. As mentioned earlier, the key is monitoring and regulating blood sugar. When some people turn to food as a way to deal with emotions good or bad, overeating routinely occurs.

Too many calories and simple carbohydrates are consumed, and this can lead to a dramatic rise in blood sugar levels. This is how emotional eating can worsen the experience for someone with diabetes.

The lesson then is that if you do not control your eating behavior when you experience extremely high or low emotions, diabetes can be an unfortunate result. If you are coping with type II diabetes currently, you have to be careful not to binge on unhealthy foods in order to celebrate a joyful emotion or soothe a negative set of feelings.

Diabetic or not, the long list of health problems emotional eating can cause are reasons enough to try to get your unhealthy mood-based eating patterns under control.

Is emotional eating a sign of depression?

Is Emotional Eating A Sign of Depression?

Depression is a normal human emotion, and it is experienced by just about everyone. You feel upset or dejected because of some event or situation, or you are despondent because of something you perceive as negative in your life, possibly caused by your own behaviors.

Depression can exist for a number of reasons, and with most people, it is usually short-lived. We find a way to move past our negative feelings, we experience joy and other positive feelings, and the depression cloud is lifted.

What happens when you are depressed and go on an unhealthy eating binge?

Is that emotional eating episode a sign that you are depressed, or a cause of the depression? Are the two related at all? Is there a causal relationship, or is this just a coincidence?

Emotional Eating - a Cause and Symptom of Depression

Your emotional state when you are eating to improve your mood or celebrate a joyful feeling is not the healthiest. After you have finished gorging on unhealthy food, you may experience frustration, self-hatred, and even depression.

You can't believe that once again you ate so much comfort food, and you are angry with yourself. This self-doubt as to why you can't control your eating can blossom into full-blown depression.

Depression also may develop as a state of emotions that leads to mood-based eating. You are depressed over your financial situation, a lack of control in your life, a failed relationship or some other perceived loss or failure.

Your brain remembers that when you ate certain comfort foods and junk foods in the past, the chemicals in those foods caused a release of "feel good" hormones.

Your brain sends out an immediate hunger signal, begging you to locate and consume the unhealthy comfort foods which unfortunately lead to such a positive, short-term emotional feeling. In this way, your emotional eating was caused by your depressed mental state.


Psychologists and nutritionists have noticed this relationship between depression and eating for emotional reasons.

Sometimes depression causes stress eating, and many times, the feelings which accompany this unhealthy eating habit can lead to depression. However, the two are not always connected.

Emotional eating sometimes occurs when you are overjoyed. You turn to comfort foods to reinforce a wonderful event in your life that has caused positive emotions. When you eat this way most of the time, celebrating positive feelings by overeating unhealthy comfort and junk food, you can still do your body a lot of damage.

However, this behavior is triggered by "up" emotions, and not the "down" emotional state of depression.

Battling the Emotional Eating/Depression Relationship

The next time you are feeling blue, address your feelings. Think about why you are so down and depressed, and be aware that this mental state could cause an unhealthy eating reaction.

When you realize you are eating in response to an emotion, don't beat yourself up about it. This could lead to a full-blown bout of depression, further damaging your emotional health along with your physical well-being.

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