Do you feel uncomfortable in ALL of your clothes?
Are you always obsessing over your next meal?
- Do you hide in loose clothing and avoid mirrors?
- Do you avoid being seen by others?
- Do you hide your eating?
- Do you feel a deep sense of shame about yourself and your body?
I’ve felt all of these! I deeply understand emotional eating and body shame.
It’s a huge barrier to having a healthy body and life. Not only can stress cause you to use ‘escape behavior and habits’ to deal with it, but it can trigger you to reach for the bag of chips or the jar of cookies and eat them ALL. I relate to this, do you?
Stress can cause physical, mental, and emotional stress and it causes your body’s chemical balance to be off (stress causes your body to produce more cortisol which causes weight gain and excess belly fat.)
Part of life is stress, there’s no way to eliminate it completely, but there are coping techniques that help you flow through it and actually learn things about yourself. Emotional eating leads to weight gain and general unhappiness.
Journaling is a beneficial practice that is often recommended for emotional, mental, spiritual, and psychological health, and it can even lead to spiritual insight into why you turn to food for comfort.
A journal does not judge you or offer advice; it is simply a sounding board for you to work through thoughts and feelings. Journaling can help you move through the trap of emotional eating. Write it down, get it out of your head.
You can journal at any time of the day that suits you but there are some significant benefits to journaling at night, especially before bedtime.
Those few moments before you go to bed can be when both your mind and body are relaxed. It’s the perfect time to recall and reflect upon the events of the day. Take the questions above and explore the answers. Questions are a great way to get your pen moving.
Here Are 6 Journaling Benefits that Also Help with Emotional Eating:
Journaling Helps You Recall Your Day:
Journaling at the end of your day allows you to reflect on the day as a whole. This helps you better analyze your emotional reactive behavior during the day. Any adrenaline, stress, or anxiety you may have felt throughout the day has usually dissipated by this point in the evening and you are able to more clearly see how you responded to certain situations.
You can then decide what went well and what did not and ponder alternative choices you can make the next day.
Journaling Helps You Find Clarity:
As we write our thoughts about the events of our day, we may start understanding why we or others behaved the way we did. Seeing the whole picture during a situation can be difficult as can evaluating what we are feeling and why during those situations.
At the end of the day, we are able to take a step back, look at the big picture, and better evaluate our choices.
Journaling Helps You Work Through Emotions:
Journaling helps you work through events, thoughts and how they relate to our emotions. Writing allows your psyche a confidential outlet to express thoughts and feelings without rejection, judgment, or repercussions.
Journaling Helps Boost Your Memory:
Journaling at night is a great way to exercise and boost your memory. In the silence of the evening, without all those other distractions, you may be able to remember more details and events than you realize.
Recall your day in your journal, write out how you felt after you had an emotional eating binge. You will start to notice more details, more feelings, and even more thoughtful reflection on the events that occur throughout the day.
Journaling Helps You Be Mindful:
All too often we get distracted while trying to work through why we ate the way we did during the day. Writing about it forces you to sit down and focus on it, allowing you to get to the root of what went wrong and why.
The same is true when you have a healthy emotional eating day. By stopping for a few minutes to write about what went right that day, you will probably see more than you thought and be able to better focus on the positives going forward.
Journaling Helps Us Heal:
Journaling offers you an unbiased, non-judgmental forum to work through the process of healing from hurt. It is a continuous record of your thoughts and emotions, allowing you to look back and see how your feelings, emotions, and eating patterns have changed, and what has happened since the hurt to help you move forward.
Would you like to learn how I can help you end emotional eating? Let’s get started together with a free, 20 minute “Heart to Heart” conversation.