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Why do I stop eating when I am feeling stressed about my relationship?

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Last Updated: 06/30/2020 at 12:35am
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April 8th, 2015 4:45pm
While it could be for any number of reasons that one may stop eating out of stress, if you are concerned about why it is your relationship in particular as the reason for your stress (and lack of eating as a consequence), this should be an indication that you have built up a lot of uncomfortable feelings about this person that needs to be addressed.
March 14th, 2016 1:38pm
Not feeling hungry when you should is a common symptom of depression or stress, most of people are more likely to respond to stress in this way
January 25th, 2015 8:24pm
For a lot of people eating disorders are somewhat of a coping mechanism for difficult emotions. When we feel out of control, we are more likely to resort to eating-disordered habits
April 9th, 2015 2:23am
When you feel stressed about a relationship (romantic or friendish) your hunger stops because your heart can't deal with it. It is kind of hard, I know, because you just don't feel like eating. I don't know why it happens exactly, but it's like the agony of not knowing what's going to happen. Just try to eat a little, although I'm not the best one giving this advice because I don't follow it and I just stop eating.
February 16th, 2015 6:08pm
Try some coping skills. Whether it be drawing, writing, walking, showering, etc. Usually a hobby can help a lot.
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December 2nd, 2015 4:51pm
Some people eat food when they are stressed, but it seems like you avoid food. On days you don;t feel hungry or are not in the mood to eat, carry some snacks with you and set a time for yourself to eat it. Feeling fatigue and upset is not a good way to spend your days and eating a healthy snack can help boost your mood.
April 24th, 2015 4:38am
Have lots of chocolates, ice creams and candies. You will feel good. Avoid stress pills and sleeping pills.
April 19th, 2016 3:09pm
Stress can affect a person in several ways. To which in your case, eating becomes rather difficult. People who undergo stress tend to eat more or less in a form of comfort and fitting their personal needs.
June 20th, 2016 3:54pm
Your appetite will change in correlation with your mood a lot of the time, as well as your sleep habits.
December 6th, 2016 10:04pm
There's a lot of reason. One reason can be that stop eating is a way for people to gain control. Even they can't control future, they can control eating. Or it can be a reflect of self-harming, showing grief. etc.
February 14th, 2017 6:27pm
Restriction is simply the symptom of a problem. When a breakup occurs, sometimes it leads to a feeling of a lack of control, and you gain it back through food. You can have complete control over what goes into your body, after all.
August 14th, 2018 9:37am
Stress stimulates the brain to secrete Some stress hormones that suppress appetite by effing with the digestive system and decreasing the sense of hunger. *besed on my experience
June 30th, 2020 12:35am
You eat because you feel like eating will take away the pain you are feeling but it will not, only make your problems worse. This is what you call a classic vicious circle you feel like you need good to make yourself feel better but then once you have, you start to feel even worse then you did before because it hasn’t changed, anything the situation is still the same. Also you will start feeling insecure and questioning your weight which is all part of self esteem. How does it make you feel after you have eaten? Do you sometimes got Guilty or not.