Mummy blues, overeating, emotional stress and counselling
I have 2 kids, 3yo and 10m. I do most of the parenting.
I don't think I have PnD but maybe a bit of mummy blues. I love my two kids but I can find being a mummy quite stressful, you know the crying, the tantrums, two kids wanting mum right now for two entirely different needs and I can't give 100% to both at the same time.
So I've always been an emotional eater but I've always been able to focus on weightless when I put my mind to it.
This is the first time in my life I have no control over the food I put in my mouth. I have a stressful time with the kids and to comfort myself I put food in my mouth. It is my comfort. It's also quick and doesn't involve anything to fit around kids. I give my all to others 5am to 8pm 7 days a week and night awakenings too. I can't seem to stop as it's such a comfort for me.
Hubby works 7 days a week so there's no he takes the kids. My eldest does do playschoool 2 days a week.
I've tried so much to stop but nothing nurtures my soul like putting food in my mouth.
But I have to stop as I'm just getting fatter.
Has anyone tried counselling to help with overeating. Counselling is not going to give me the love and good feeling that eating does.
If there's anything that has helped you I'd love to hear it.
Nothing has worked so far, but if I did care to keep track calorie counting would help. The first time I lost weight it greatly helped.
I comfort eat too. I only have one child, a difficult one who hates naps which is a source of great stress to me because he is so overtired and unhappy throughout the day. I just eat to feel better. I can't imagine dealing with 2 from 5am to 8pm.
Just wanted to say you're not alone on stress eating related to having children and if you can find the time /energy that keeping track of all the calories and setting a goal amount it may help.
I think counselling could definetly help as it could maybe look at what it's eating g that comforts you and maybe help you find another strategy. I've had counselling for a year but because of PND and it has completly changed my life. Good luck x
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