We’ve considered a range of situations that can trigger emotional eating. It’s time to broaden the list and give you some ideas about other events and situations that often trigger the emotional eating response. Here are some situations that kept coming up again and again with many people in a similar position to yourself:
A disagreement with a loved one
An argument with someone at work
A child whose behavior is worrying
A feeling of loneliness or frustration
A health, financial or relationship worry
A bad night’s sleep
A dwindling sex life
Adolescence, pregnancy, post pregnancy, peri-menopause, menopause, post menopause
A child leaving home
A good friend moving away
A new baby
Tick the issues that seem relevant to you and then make a note of how you would like to deal with each of those challenges in the future. Think about your answers. Make them your own. Feel the sense of control that emerges from your positive decision to handle these situations differently in future.
Exercise number 1
Write down the top five challenges that have happened in your life over the last five years – or feel
free to go back even further if older challenges still feel relevant to you.
For each challenge answer the following questions:
a) How would you describe the challenge?
b) Describe how it made you feel?
c) What specific emotions did you feel throughout the challenge (e.g. fear, sadness, frustration, anger, etc?)
d) What was your reaction to these feelings?
e) Who did you talk to about these feelings?
f) How did it feel to express them – or not express them – as the case may be?