As stress increases, self care decreases.
So the more stress we have, the less likely we are to make time for ourselves.
As food restriction increases, bingeing increases. So the more we restrict, the more vulnerable we are to bingeing.
Learning how to habituate self care is so important when working to manage stress and out of control eating.
Many of us we manage our stress with emotional eating. The more stressed and depleted, the more we use food to take care of ourselves. Perhaps, we could call this pseudo-self care. We think that we are finally doing something for ourselves with fooding, but the food isn’t really filling the true need for self care.
How can you value self care and remember to include it in your day?
- Think about creating a self care habit. What habit do you want to experiment with?
- When you are creating a new habit it is easier to add it to something you are doing.
- Make it really easy to do, like stretching a few times a day or deep breathing.
- Look for something fun or creative to add to your day such as a Gratitude Tree.
The Gratitude Tree
When stress increases it’s easy to complain, writes Carol O’Dell of Caring.com. Remembering to be grateful needs a nudge. Studies have shown that being grateful boosts the immune system, curbs depression, and even contributes to a better night’s sleep. Creating a gratitude tree is a perfect family craft; it’s something everyone can add to, and it’s an easy way to bring nature into your home.
Follow the Gratitude Tree for a fun activity that can help you to make self care a priority.
What ways can you stop restricting self care and start creating a new habit to manage stress in a healthy way?