When I get bored I want to eat. I know that is a very bad habit, but I think it is one I share with lots of people. Many of us have learned to equate boredom with hunger. Some of us as procrastinators even use eating as an excuse to avoid boring work. However if you eat every time you are bored you will quickly achieve an unhealthy lifestyle. Here are a few things you can do instead of eat:
- Work out –I hate to work out. It sucks. I never feel like I want to do it. Oh, don’t get me wrong. I have gotten into a routine before and learned to enjoy it because it gave me extra strength and vitality, but I never enjoyed it for the sake of itself. However I have found out that if I get hungry in the mid-morning or afternoon it is not hunger talking but tiredness and boredom. For some reason my mind thinks that every time I get a little sleepy I should load up on sugar and carbs. To fight the growing bulge I had to make some changes. Now when I get that craving I close the door to my office and do some sit-ups, push-up and leg lifts. After about a hundred sit-ups my stomach is not up to eating at the moment. I can also go for a walk around the block or go up and down the stairs a couple times. Believe me, it helps.
- Drink water – Water, water everywhere! I keep a big glass of water at my desk at all times. Every time I take a break, look around for a snack or just get bored I force myself to take a couple big gulps. The water helps to fill my stomach and quench cravings. Sometimes I am even just thirsty and don’t realize it until I take a drink. It was not hunger at all! By drinking plain water I avoid unnecessary sugar and caffeine. Water is addictive too. The more I drink it the more I want it. Sodas just don’t taste good to me anymore, at least not in anything but snack form.
- Distract yourself – Last but not least distract yourself with something else besides eating. If I find myself getting bored and wanting a snack I try to do something productive. This can mean cleaning my desk, opening mail, doing stretches, writing a letter or whatever, If you have been productive and are just bored, then take a break. Watch a funny video, go talk to a co-worker, text a friend, whatever it takes to distract your mind from eating. Even a good book can make me forget all about my cravings.
Just like most bad habits boredom eating is hard to break. But if you can change your patterns you will be successful. Do it one step at a time and remember that boredom does not equal hunger.
Rachel is an ex-babysitting pro as well as a professional writer and blogger. She is a graduate from Iowa State University and currently writes for www.babysitting.net. She welcomes questions/comments which can be sent to rachelthomas.author @ gmail.com.