Dealing With Soothing or Comfort Eating

soothing comfort foodHere is our fourth tip in our series on coping with the unique food challenges the holiday season brings.

What better time to comfort ourselves with food than during the holiday season when comfort food is everywhere! But let’s also look at some other ways to soothe during this time.

Dealing With Soothing or Comfort Eating

While it’s perfectly ok and normal to eat for soothing and comfort during the holidays, we want to also look for some non-food ways to comfort ourselves.

Keep a list of things handy that you find soothing, calming, grounding, or comforting, and choose one or more every day. Examples could include time with your pet, reading, doodling, being in nature, a cup of hot tea, or chatting with a friend. It could include deep breathing, stretching, or journaling.

Do your emotions feel out of control or overwhelming? Take our Emotion Regulation quiz.

Also pull out this list any time you start feeling overwhelmed, and pick something that will shift your attention and soothe you for a few minutes. Something simple like sitting outside for a few minutes while taking some deep breaths can totally change your energy.

A good skill to practice is Non-Judgment. When we judge ourselves or others, it puts us in a place of competition and feeling either less than or more than. Accepting more and judging less helps us stay balanced and grounded.

For more on coping with emotional eating, click the following links to learn more about our upcoming Make Peace with Food 12-week group and our Beyond Emotional Eating Virtual group.

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Rachel Eddins, M.Ed., LPC-S, CGP
Rachel’s passion is to help people discover their personal gifts and strengths to achieve self-acceptance, create a healthy relationship with food, mind and body, and find meaning and fulfillment in work and life roles. She helps people create nurturance and healing from within to restore balance and enoughness and overcome binge eating, emotional eating, anxiety, depression and lack of career fulfillment.

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