Mind Tip Curb mindless eating by managing workplace stress. Women with job burnout are more prone to emotional eating.
Fed up with your job? If the highlight of your workday is a mid-afternoon vending machine treat, it’s time for a stress intervention. Research in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that women who are suffering from job burnout are more likely to turn to food in times of distress. They’re also more prone to episodes of uncontrolled eating — you know, those snacking bouts where you’re not really hungry but can’t seem to stop shoving food into your mouth. To take control of your food intake, and your workplace happiness, work some of these burnout-busting habits into your daily routine. There was a time, believe it or not, when you liked your job. Make a list of the things that you appreciate about your work, how you’ve made a difference, or your recent accomplishments. Practicing this small act of gratitude can help rekindle your enthusiasm. Another way to bring back those happy feelings: Goof off. Being in a good mood helps us perform better. A study in the journal Psychological Science found that watching funny YouTube videos or listening to upbeat music helped boost workers’ creative-thinking process. Doing things that make your coworkers happy can also boost joy and job satisfaction.