For many, eating is a go-to activity which fills in the gaps when we’re bored, in need of comfort, or transitioning from one part of our day to the next. As children, much-awaited afterschool snacking preceded, and stalled, the need to tackle stressful homework and as adults, midnight (or all night) munching is practically an unconscious activity. Food, for many, is a much-relied upon companion, always there to calm us when we’re stressed and used to relieve depression. Of course, the effects of eating wear off quickly, leaving us even more anxious and many pounds heavier. Stress is a part of life whether we like it or not but trying to use food as an anxiety reducer tends to make us feel worse and even more out of control. Before you reach for that next cookie, ask yourself, is there a better way?