There are several emotional or situational triggers that can lead to overeating. Stress is a common trigger, as it can cause the release of the hormone cortisol, which can increase appetite. Boredom can also lead to overeating, as it can be tempting to turn to food for entertainment. Social situations, such as parties or gatherings, can trigger overeating due to the abundance of food and social pressure to indulge. Emotions such as sadness, loneliness, or anxiety can also lead to overeating as a means of coping or seeking comfort. And food cravings can be a powerful trigger, especially for highly palatable, calorie-dense foods. One effective strategy is to engage in alternative activities that can distract or soothe the mind, such as going for a walk, practicing yoga, or listening to music. Another approach is to practice mindfulness when eating, paying attention to the taste and texture of the food, and savoring each bite and even changing your environment.