Everyone believe that the holidays are the best time of year. You get to see some great wonders. There are tons of decorations and festivities. And not to mention the time that you get to spend with family and friends. Yet most don’t pay attention to the fact not everyone enjoys the holidays.
The holidays can trigger some pretty strong emotions for some people who have recently lost close family members. There are times when people have lost family members and significant people in their live during the holiday times. The holidays can feel horrible to others.
Not to take away any joy for anyone, because yes the holidays are a wonderful time of year. But their are some that this time of year can be very hard. The holidays can stir up a lot of emotions, good and bad. And it can cause people to become emotional eaters.
An emotional eating is defined as overeating to overcome or relieve negative emotions. It is a coping mechanism. People who are emotional eaters use their comfort foods to make them feel better during tough emotional times in their lives.
Being able to acknowledge and process these emotions in a healthy way is a very important part of your journey and deals with the wellness aspect. More to often we focus on the physical and outer parts of our fitness journey. Not paying attention to the fact that wellness and our emotional state are a very important part.
If you are an emotional eater, here are some techniques that can help you through tough emotional times as an alternative to food:
Journaling - writing down your emotions
Have an interference food - something you wont want a lot of
Exercise - yoga and various exercises can help with emotions and focus
Call a friend - talking through emotions is very helpful
Guided Meditation - helps with emotional healing