Handling Stress Without Eating
Sunday, January 22, 2012
I had a stressful day at work Thursday. I wanted to eat, it didn't matter what, and I knew I would buy a bottle of wine on the way home if I hadn't committed to staying 100% on my plan. It's been 6 months since I was off plan in any way. Those 6 months have not been easy. My results are worth it to me. So, I wondered what I was going to do to relieve the stress.
First I cried in the bathroom. That's not a new strategy. I'm a crier, always have been. Then I texted my husband and we "chatted" about it via text. That helped. I talked to co-workers. By the end of the day I felt a little better and just went home. I ate a healthy dinner, watched some TV with the family, and went to bed early.
The next day was better. I knew it wouldn't have been better if I had given in and eaten something or consumed some wine. It would have been another bad day, filled with regrets and anger at myself. Instead, because I tried something different, it was a regular better day. I was proud of myself!
The lesson? Stress will come. It will stay for a while. Then it will go. I can't control that. What I CAN control are MY ACTIONS. For the first time, I did that. And it felt great!