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1-Minute Read: Break the Cycle of Holiday Stress-Eating!

1-Minute Read- Break the cycle of holiday stress-eatingIf you find yourself stress-eating during the holidays (or anytime), please know how very common this is for women in particular. Maybe it’s our way of self-nurturing or maybe it’s just how we handle stress.

I have noticed with many of my clients who stress-eat that they are missing one very important thing in their life. They are missing COMPASSION — for themselves. Self-compassion heals! Being angry at yourself or hating yourself is never productive, but an alarming number of females engage in this behavior frequently and regularly.

What can you do differently?

Holiday stress-eating isn’t likely to take over when you stay mindful of your stress, your eating and your patterns. Try pushing the pause button next time you find yourself stress-eating. Ask yourself:

• Why I am doing this?
• How will I feel about this later?

Would you like to replace stress-eating with a healthier and happier habit? That’s right, it’s just a habit and habits can be replaced.

Stay mindful! Do something nice for YOU! You deserve it! Carve out a small piece of time – just for you.

P.S. It’s great modeling for your kids.



Michelle Kelley 10.14 c
Michelle Kelley Licensed Counselor, Owner, Girls Stand Strong

Licensed counselor and founder of Girls Stand Strong Michelle Kelley, LCSW, helps girls and women of all ages develop and improve their self-image, self-esteem, relationship and communication skills, emotional understanding, coping skills, the ability to handle difficult situations and people, and resiliency to create a brighter, better and more successful tomorrow. For more information about Michelle’s coaching and counseling services, call (703) 505-2413 or email

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