Life can be so chaotic these days. Everyone is always go, go, go! Sometimes there is no time to check in with yourself just to make sure you’re okay.

Many people live by a schedule that has them completely burnt out, some have created an unreasonably stressful life for themselves, and others just don’t have the ability to deal with stress the way they use to.

So, what do you end up doing? You sabotage your health with high sugar, high carbohydrate, highly processed, and nutrient deficient foods … which make you feel even worse … just to get you through.

You’re looking for some ‘sweetness’ in life and you say to yourself ‘I deserve it’.

Here are some tips on how to deal with stress without trying to eat it away:

Sleep: It is so important to get your 7-9 hours of sleep each night. When you sleep, your body rejuvenates, repairs, and rebuilds. It is also when your mind works through the day’s events, your experiences, and your thoughts. Did you know that you even lose the most weight when you sleep? If we don’t get enough sleep we try to make up for that energy loss with way too much coffee and quick, easy, sugar filled foods that cause anxiety, decrease attention, cause digestive issues, and so on. Make sleep a priority.

Self Check-Ins: When there is no time to check in with ourselves, we just continue to repeat the same unhealthy patterns, thoughts, and perspectives. The truth is, this is the way you stay stuck. We can’t completely give of ourselves if we aren’t truly caring for and loving ourselves. Taking some time for ourselves to write (how am I feeling today?), to breathe (check out Dr. Weil’s 4-7-8 technique), and to rest is all we need to reset. Don’t be afraid to admit that you may need to make a change – no matter how big or small it is. This is your life – and you have the ultimate decision on what your life looks like.

Water: We should drink half of our weight in ounces daily (do not go over 100 oz/day). Many times when we feel hungry, we are