Stress can affect our eating habits as well as our sleeping routine.

Many people tend to turn to food as a source of comfort when they are experiencing stress. They may experience a lack of sleep during these times. Not only will a lack of sleep affect our appetite regulating hormones but it can also offer the opportunity to eat more food and snacks during these hours.

Avoiding stress or perhaps even coping with it in a healthy manner can help you to maintain a healthy weight. Here are some suggestions on how to handle stress better.

Deal with stress as it arises

Do not ignore little stresses that come your way. Opt to deal with them as they arise in order to prevent them from growing into much bigger problems. This can save you from wasting a lot of energy and effort at a later stage. It can also help you to feel more in control and better able to cope with the challenges that the day holds.

Talk to a friend or loved one

Maintaining good relationships with friends and family can be beneficial especially during difficult situations. You will have someone to talk to and help you to keep calm. This will play a big role and will be very effective in helping you to avoid or deal with stress.

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You could always talk to a professional counsellor or a psychologist if you do not have anyone to talk to, or would prefer to talk to someone else.

Keep a journal or diary

Keeping a diary or a journal can be a great way of keeping track with your feelings and emotions. You may also be able to ‘see’ things differently once you have written them down. Give it a try if you haven’t done it before.


Exercise releases endorphins – the feel-good hormones. Do not neglect your exercise routine when life begins to get stressful. It can help you to cope and feel better. In addition, it will help keep your weight on track.

While All4Women endeavours to ensure health articles are based on scientific research, health articles should not be considered as a replacement for professional medical advice. Should you have concerns related to this content, it is advised that you discuss them with your personal healthcare provider.