On the other hand some ways to cope do not give us a clearer perspective but make us feel better at least for a very short period of time, some of these actually do more damage than good.
Emotional eating is an example of a coping mechanism that doesn’t serve us, in fact it falls into the same category of coping with drugs and alcohol. When you realize that, it might help you to recognize the importance of changing.
To take a stressful situation or negative emotion and start eating junk food to deal or cope will do the following…
- Give you a momentary break from stress and anxiety, but does not get rid of it or release in anyway.
- It will make you fat and unhealthy.
- When you are done eating…all of the feelings return plus now you feel guilty for the food you just needlessly ate. In essence, you have added to your stress!
- You now feel bad about yourself….this does not foster a positive approach to finding a solution to the trigger or stressful situation.
- This creates a negative self image and magnifies the problem so that it grows in your own mind.
To understand how to use positive coping mechanisms in our lives instead of negative ones like emotional eating we need to discuss one more aspect to this powerful human response.
We live most moments in our lives habitually, meaning we do most things as a habit. We have patterns of eating that are learned and become habits, this is true likewise for exercise.
Lean, fit people have a habit of eating healthy foods in reasonable amounts most of the time. They prioritize exercise and fit it in whenever possible, habitually.
Overweight people do not.