How to Beat the Weekend Binge

TFIF right? Crack open the bottle of vino, get Dominoes ordered and get your feet up ready for a movie night, sound like something you might do regularly on a Friday night? Nope i'm no mind reader it's just what most of us do when it get to the weekend after a looooong week working. Sure it's great to sit back and relax over the weekend, but how many weekends has it been now where you've gone on a bit of a 'binge', whether it be food, alcohol or something else and cocked up any healthy progress you've made during the week? 



Why do we do it? 

So, i'm going to place pretty much all of the blame on stress. When you've had a hectic day at work how many times have you lit a cigarette, poured yourself a glass or opened the emergency ice-cream in the freezer? When you're placing a lot of stress on your daily life without any mid week breaks, that tension builds and builds until you get to the weekend and desperately feel like you need to release, a little bit like holding in when you need the toilet, at some point you're going to burst. Stress is quickly becoming one of the world's biggest health problems with it contributing towards anxiety, depression and weight gain, so it's pretty clear to see that if we eliminate the stress then the rest will follow? 

Mid week treat yo'self 

Release the tension before it makes you burst. You don't have to save the cake until the weekend. Instead of splurging and having the whole cake at the weekend, have a slice on a Wednesday and you'll be less inclined to blow out later on in the week. There is no rule to say that you can't enjoy yourself during the week, so why save it all for the weekend? By giving yourself that little bit of enjoyment in the middle of the week you're telling yourself that not everything good has to come at the weekend, spread it out and spread the happiness, just don't make the things you know may not be too good for you a regular habit. 

Stop stressing 

If stress is the reason you're bingeing that it's pretty simple how to solve it right? Reduce your stress levels. Now I know this is much easier said than done. you may have a high stress job, or have family/relationship problems that are the root cause of the problem, but there are things you can do to try and help yourself relax. Make sure you take time out for yourself on a daily basis, it's not selfish and you do have time. Do something you enjoy, whether that's reading a magazine, watching a film or doing a bit of meditation, it can be absolutely anything as long as you enjoy it. 

Stay busy 

I find that I snack on rubbish the most when i'm bored, and I can imagine that it's a similar situation for a lot of people. If you spend all weekend doing very little it becomes very easy to keep getting the drinks in or nibbling on packets of crisp, so it may be useful to stay on your toes to avoid this situation. Make plans for the weekend, go for a walk, go shopping but just stay busy, you don't have to spend money to go out and enjoy yourself, just make sure you aren't cooped up in the house all weekend where it's very easy to pop your head into the fridge. 

Cya! 
Eryn

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