Are You Gaining Weight From Your Employment Stress?
Posted Apr 01 2009 12:00am
With today’s economy, we have a new concern: the Reorg 15, The Layoff 15 or the Layoff Lard as it is being called by the Atlanta Journal Constitution. The stress of a reorganization and the threat of losing a job is causing many people to stress eat to make themselves feel better. Many are reaching for the candy bar, cookies, ice cream and chips just to make it through the day. Similary, those that are already laid off and looking for a job are finding it hard not to dig into the goodies when they are home. Many people are turning to food as a coping mechanism and it is dangerous. Yes, the food tastes good but then after you eat it, you have to deal with the calories and the guilt. Remember the adage, “a minute on the lips, forever on the hips”. A recent survey has shown that the average weight gain is about 15 pounds during a 3 month layoff. With all of the perceived, stress many people don’t see it immediately until they realize their clothes don’t fit anymore. By the way, April is Emotional Overeating Awareness Month, take some time to become aware of your habits.
If you want to control your eating and weight here are some tips:
1. Stay out of the kitchen and away from food when you are stressed. Go take a walk. If you wait 15-20 minutes, the urge to eat will pass.
2. If after 20 minutes you still need something to munch on, try carrot or celery sticks, radishes, a string cheese or a yogurt.
3. Drink water if you are hungry.
4. If you become stressed, try deep breathing or meditation.
5. 5. Remember you are not alone.
6. Talk about your situation to let out our feelings and at the same time, people will know you are available.
7. Exercise regularly to burn calories and reduce the stress.