Friday, September 21, 2012
I was in public accounting for 7 years, and absolutely hated my job. I didn't hate the work itself, I hated WHERE I worked. Everyone there felt micromanaged, overworked, and unappreciated, and we were blamed for things that were beyond our control. Eventually, I turned to food as a stress reliever, and over the course of those 7 years I gained 80 lbs. I knew I needed a change, but because of how specialized our areas of focus were, it took me several years to find a new job where I wouldn't have to take a pay cut.
It finally happened in June of this year, and I LOVE my new job. When I leave at the end of the day, I don't think about it again until the next morning. I actually get to spend time with my family now, and enjoy life.
Today was different... It felt like a flashback. I won't go into too much detail, I'll just say that on my drive home I was ANGRY. I got home and vented to my fiance, and then we ate DiGiorno Pizza & Wyngz for dinner.
Obviously, I have not learned to properly cope with stress, since I turned to food at the first sign of trouble. It probably would have been a better idea to do some Zumba, but I didn't.
I'm not going to beat myself up over it, because it's only happened once. I've made the necessary changes in order to reduce my overall stress level, I've been watching what I eat, and getting a LOT more exercise. Obviously I can't eliminate stressful situations completely. Hopefully next time I'll deal with it a little better...
Any ideas on how other people cope with stressful days would be appreciated!