Though self-isolating is the best way to protect against COVID-19, being stuck at home can lead to some unhealthy behaviors, including overeating due to stress, fatigue, and boredom. Here are 7 tips to prevent stress eating when you are stuck at home.
Keep a food diary
Write down what you eat, how much you eat, when you eat and how you are feeling. Overtime you might see patterns that reveal the connection between mood and food.
Take away temptation
Do not keep hard-to-resist comfort food in your home. Having tempting foods within eyesight can lead to frequent snacking and overeating, even when you are not hungry.
Being stuck at home gives you more time to focus on healthy habits, including drinking enough fluids. In fact, research has found an association between chronic dehydration and an elevated risk of obesity.
Being stuck at home can take a serious toll on your activity levels, leading to boredom, stress, and increased snacking frequency. To combat this, make some time for daily physical activity. Check some YouTube exercises or Yoga classes.
Consider a lower-calorie, lower-fat option. Cut up an apple and spread some nut butter on it, consider adding hummus or a low-fat dip on your favorite veggies.
Instead of taking the whole box with you, put a snack-size amount on a small plate or bowl.
Make time for relaxation
Give yourself permission to take at least 30 minutes every day to relax. Decompress, and unwind. This is your time to take a break from your responsibilities and recharge your batteries.