If you are bored and have nothing to do, do you look at what is in the fridge? If so, you are in good company. According to research mostly people eat out of boredom and not because they are hungry. Such behaviour soon shows up on the weighing scales. It is difficult but not impossible to break this habit. The following tips will surely help you in this goal:
Tip 1: Question your eating habits.
Try keeping a diary about your eating habits for a few days, you will quickly find out whether you frequently reach for something to eat out of boredom. Ask yourself these questions. The answers to these are a good basis for changing your behaviour and eating patterns.
- Was I bored today?
- When did i get bored and why?
- Did I eat something in this situation?
- Did I really need to eat something in this situation?
- Was there another way I could have dispelled the boredom?
- Would I feel better if I had eaten nothing and instead had done something else to change my mood?
Tip 2: Write a feel-good list
We have learnt to associate food with comfort from childhood. We comfort and reward ourselves with food and thus feel happy and warm. To remove these associations of food, you need to think of alternative methods of feeling happy and rewarded. Make a list of activities that you enjoy doing: is it a going for a walk, some window shopping, listening to music, meeting friends? Get involved in a club or association or connect with friends, ideally for activities that get you moving. Try out a new type of sport like swimming or even gardening. How about rope skipping? Rope skipping uses a lot of calories and can help you achieve your feel-good weight. You can do it in the comfort of your bedroom as well!
The more often you perform an activity from your feel-good list when you are bored, the faster the new behaviour will become a routine. You will soon see that eating out of boredom will belong to the past.
Tip 3: Fulfil your creative desires
Have you always wanted to paint a picture, learn to play an instrument or write a book? But you don't know how to use the brush properly? You have never played music and writing, well, the last writing you did was for essays in school.
If you do not try it, you will never discover what talents you have tucked away. There is a wide range of painting, drawing and photography courses available. Music schools are pleased to have new members and sometimes also offer taster courses. The choir is perhaps the right choice for those who like to sing. And whoever would like to be a writer does not need to start out with a novel right away. Simply write down your thoughts in a journal or on a blog or maybe write a short children's story? Children are always appreciative listeners.
Tip 4: Experience art up close
Are you interested in art and culture? Museum, theatre, orchestra, dance, the art gallery – the art world is extremely diverse. There is something for everyone. What do you think of a subscription for municipal theatres, museums and galleries? You can regularly attend new shows with your friends at a nominal cost. This way you always have a topic of conversation and can talk about it – before you can realise it, boredom has been driven away.
Eating out of boredom
Eating during idle times can also be a sign of excessive stress. When the body finally comes to rest, it wants balance. The desire for sweets can then be very intense. Relaxation methods such as meditation or yoga can help you to better deal with stress.
Tip 5: Learn to de-stress and relax your body
Learn to listen to your body’s signals. Are you stressed? You can’t focus or concentrate? Learn methods to de-stress and calm your body. You can do this by practising meditation or do some simple breathing exercises. Put on some soothing music and take a calming bath. You will find that the desire to eat due to boredom and stress would also have melted away along with the stress in your body.