Emotional Eating: Democrats in a Constant Stress due to Intense Political Climate

Emotional Eating: Democrats in a Constant Stress due to Intense Political Climate

Emotional eating isn’t one of the best ways to handle stress efficiently. Plus it obviously won’t help you to change the results of the election. Democrats are found to be 50% more in stress than the Republicans, that is why they are more into drinking.

The midterm elections are now becoming a hectic just like the 2016 presidential elections. One of the good news is that these Democrats are working at least 40 % more as compared to others, overdo of exercises can even cause certain health conditions. What you can do is go for high intensity and lighter workouts on alternate days as exercise can leave a positive effect on stress.

Dr. Navya Mysore, a general physician said: “I’m seeing some people so stressed at the moment they’re doing two, even three soul cycle classes a day. Exercise is good for you, but too much is not. You risk dehydration and your body needs time to rest and rejuvenate.”

If you look into this matter more carefully then you will get to know that not only Democrats but also the ‘very’ concerned voters are going for the habits which helps one to destress whether it is eating, drinking, exercising or any other thing.

According to Dr. Mysore, “Depending on how you’re used to dealing with stress, people tend to gravitate toward that habit more. If you had a hard day, you’ll have a glass of wine, so maybe you’re doing that more. Same for people who are stress eaters — they’ll eat more. If you’re more prone to sweat it out when stressed, then you’ll do that more.”

Binging on these unnecessary things will only make us feel even more crummy. Here is what you can do to put an end to your stress-induced madness. The first initial step you can take is to step back temporarily from news to manage this election-related stress.

As per Allison Abrams a psychotherapist and licensed clinical social worker, “On a practical level, try to limit the amount of news you consume on a daily basis. This doesn’t mean not stay informed, rather, be informed but set boundaries for yourself.”

Setting up some boundaries is one of the necessary things to keep your mental health in check as frequent stressful news is an emotionally negative experience. As per the saying of Loretta Brady, a Ph.D professor of psychology at Saint Anselm College this “fires up our limbic system, the emotion center of our brain.”

In beginning eating and drinking can prove to be very helpful but as time passes it can be a very serious health issue. Brady points out that, “This activation leaves us physiologically reacting to stress even though our immediate circumstances may not be different.”

“We may be less aware of our response to this stress, mindlessly reaching for substances that calm the reactivity, substances like sweets and comfort food are plentiful at this time of year, between autumn chili cook-offs and Halloween candy. We do get mood boosts from consuming such food, but also some consequences we may not intend.”

Alcohol also plays a similar role- euphoric effect but things can change their direction from right to left in a second. It will lead to sleep disturbances, headache, anxiety or depression if you are already suffering from a preexisting condition. Go for a healthy lifestyle as this is the only thing which can increase your survival.

Hilary Jensen

Hilary is a Food Science and Nutrition graduate with specialization in diet planning and weight loss. She enjoys reading and writing on Food, Nutrition, Diet, Weight Loss, and General Health.

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