Saying that “I like to eat” would be a huge understatement. I love food! If there was a way to get paid for eating all day and every day, I would be one of the richest people in the world. Like most people though, I tend to find myself eating when I have nothing better to do. This is known as “boredom eating.” It’s a form of emotional eating in which I am not being fulfilled or satisfied by what I am doing, so I fill the void with food. Have you ever been watching a TV show that you’re only half interested in and found yourself reaching for a bag of chips? You’ve experienced boredom eating. Boredom eating wouldn’t be so bad if it didn’t lead to unwanted pounds. When we boredom eat, we tend to eat the unhealthy snacks and that adds up when it comes to your weight. How can we stop overeating this way? The solution is simple: Relieve your boredom. Of course, this is easier said than done. Here are a few activities that can help get you away from boredom snacking.
Occupy your Hands
One of the easiest ways to avoid boredom eating is to put your hands to work. If you have something else to focus on, then you won’t be itching to grab the nearby bag of chips. I’ve found that some of the best activities for me include scrapbooking, reading a magazine, or doing online games like Candy Crush Saga. These are great because you can continue watching TV or talking to people while still relieving boredom. When you have something in your hands then you can’t fill them with unhealthy treats. Remember that not everyone has the same interests, so don’t stick to my list of hand occupations – do something that you enjoy!
Do Something Out of the Ordinary
When I was little, I would complain about “being bored” and my Dad would always say “There’s no such thing as boredom, just boring people.” If you are a boredom eater, chances are that you aren’t satisfied with your life at that moment. Try something new! I recently took a Photoshop class to learn a new skill. I love to take pictures and make things with them so this was right up my alley. If you find meaning in your life again, then you won’t have time to be bored.
There isn’t a cut and dry solution to boredom eating, so find what works for you. Get away from the pantry, get out of the kitchen, and find a way to entertain yourself. You’re body and mind will thank you for the new experiences, trust me.
Thought for the week: Great things never come from comfort zones.