For some reason, certain emotions seem to be linked together more often than others. Happiness and relaxation, sadness and tiredness, stress and irritability.
Another pair that I often link is loneliness and hungry. When I am lonely, I get hungry often. This does not seem uncommon from what I can tell. Others seem to eat when they are lonely or feel unloved.
Why is it that these two are linked? It seems very strange. However, it kind of makes sense. We want to fill the gap that is inside ourselves. Food substitutes for the people that we need.
This can be a dangerous road of over-eating and binges. Yet, being aware of this connection is the first step. Recognizing why one wants to eat is important. Are you really hungry or just using food to fill an emotional gap?
I want to eat because I am hungry and not because of my emotions. This is hard but certainly not impossible.