Five Engaging Activities to Distract You from Mindless Eating

Confront mindless eating with these distracting and engaging activities

Mindless eating is something pretty much all of us do every once in a while. The compulsion to eat can creep up when you least expect it, and the cravings that follow can be quite intense.

The pattern usually strikes right after work or as we’re winding down before bed. Oftentimes it’s on the weekends when we get some down time and don’t know what to do.

Excessive mindless eating can cause you to overeat and gain weight. If you’re struggling against the urge to snack, consider the following distracting activities instead.

Healthy Mindless Eating Distractions

Clean and Organize Your Space

There’s always something to be done to tidy up your surroundings. If you’re at home, try switching gears to do the dishes, put away laundry or vacuum/sweep. If your pantry, cabinets or closets are disorganized,  assign a designated place for everything. If you’re at work, re-organize your desk drawers or clean up the files on your computer. The list goes on!

Take Time for Physical Self-care

Turn your focus off of food and onto your body. Try taking a shower or an aromatherapy bath. Trim your nails or whip-out the razor for a quick shave. Grab your favorite lotion and moisturize. Pluck any unwanted facial hair, floss your teeth or apply a soothing face mask.

Move to Release Excess Energy

This doesn’t mean you have to hit the gym. Even a short walk down the street or a set of jumping jacks can help. Try dancing to an upbeat playlist or even getting some yard work done.

Do Something Creative with Your Hands

This can be playing a musical instrument or opening an adult coloring book. You can also try painting, knitting or another artsy craft. If you need an outlet to process your emotions, try journaling in a quiet place to express what you are feeling.

Get Out of the House

Your home environment can sometimes fuel mindless eating. Try running some errands on your To-Do list or going window shopping. Visit a friend or neighbor. Walk to a nearby park or take your car for a scenic drive. This can even be as simple as walking your dog!

Slow Down and Pause for a Minute

We start to slip into bad habits when our behaviors are faster than our thoughts. When you start to feel bored, anxious, stressed or scared, stop and ask yourself why. Then give yourself time to process your thoughts and really feel your feelings. This process might be uncomfortable at first, but it’s a healthy exercise in mindfulness.

If your thoughts and temptations continue, find a distracting outlet like one listed above. Try this for at least 10 minutes, but don’t feel bad about taking longer. Also, don’t be embarrassed to communicate what’s happening with a loved one. Sometimes a friendly voice is enough to calm the raging waters. When it all comes down to confronting mindless eating, the most important thing you can do is to find a healthy outlet that will re-set your mind.

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