One of the reasons you overeat during Covid 19 lockdown
Covid-19 lockdown may affect your stress levels, your behaviours, and even how you cope with uncertain times. When we encounter a stressor, we seek out activities we trust. The lockdown has a two-fold impact on stress. Not only is it a source of stress but it also blocks our access to our usual social support systems leaving us less resourced to cope. Stress hormones are released, activating intense visceral sensations as blood moves to the muscles.
Our heart rate and blood pressure rise. We feel anxious, fearful, restless and tense. Our frontal lobes go offline; we struggle to think
creatively or plan effectively. Our behaviour can become frantic and disorganised.
In trying to cope with these feelings in lockdown, habits such as smoking, substance use and binge eating may creep in. You may find yourself eating until you feel great discomfort or reaching for another glass of wine despite saying that was going to be your last. These behaviours offer short term relief from intense physical sensations and emotions however can have more complicated long term psychological and
Those who suffer binge eating are often in a cycle of binge eating followed by restrictive eating the next day, another fad diet, fear of food and fear of weight gain. This exacerbates the so called binge and restrict eating cycle and leaves the individual feeling alone, anxious or even depressed.
With this guide you will not only learn how to manage when stress triggers your overeating, but also 8 other reasons why you can’t stop thinking about food. With practical tools you can apply immediately, will STOP overeating and binge eating so you can stop thinking about food all the time and can focus on other things that will bring you more joy, instead of guilt and shame.