A divorce is a very stressful time, even if the relationship was over, it’s still difficult emotionally to let go of what you had hoped that your marriage would be. You’ll have many stress triggers that can set you off unexpectedly. Best move this time is you got to go for divorce counseling, it should help you a lot with reorganizing your life especially when with kids.
For many, stress can trigger eating non-stop. If this is you and you’re in the midst of a divorce, take heart, there are some things that you can do to help avoid stress eating.
Start by keeping a journal. In your journal vent. Vent what is eating at you, what is bothering you and why. Get it all out of your system (don’t worry, you can burn it later).
By venting, you’re much less likely to stress eat. It really helps to just let things go and plan your life out. Go ahead, make all your dreams come true now that you’re free to do so.
Plan your meals out. Instead of just eating mindlessly, take a few minutes each week and plan out a weekly menu. This can help you to stay on track. Plan out each meal and each snack. If you need to, go ahead and portion them out in large zip locks or containers so that you have it all lined up.
This can help you to eat more thoughtfully and keep track of what you’re eating. When the days meals are done, don’t give in and snack. Sip some ice water or nibble on some calorie-free gum or something. This will help you to do something while you’re stressed without adding calories to your diet.
If you’re going out with friends, plan ahead and eat healthily. Ask a good friend to help you and focus on the fun with your friends instead of focusing on your sadness.
You’re still going to be tempted to stress eat so keep some healthy snacks on hand at all times. Count your calories and when you’re still stressed, eat something from these healthy snacks to help keep you motivated.
Get up and get moving, don’t sit around feeling sorry for yourself, this is when you’re most tempted. Even if you don’t have something to do, you need to do something. Go for a walk, call a good friend, write a letter, go hiking, swimming or find a new hobby. Your body will begin to feel better when you focus more on doing things that make you happy and less on your emotional pain.