When your kids are stressed out and looking for food to de-stress, suggest they use exercise to relax instead. Exercise doesn’t always have to rev kids up. Tweens or teens can turn exercise into a type of meditation that is relaxing. Instead of distracting themselves by watching TV or listening to music on a treadmill, suggest they focus inward while they run.
Ask them to feel their breathing, the rhythm of their feet hitting the treadmill, and their heartbeat. It takes some getting used to, but this approach may help your kids feel deeply relaxed after exercise. When you’re relaxed, it’s easier to be more mindful about choices you make to be healthy.