Friday, February 01, 2013
A few major changes are occurring in my life that are sending me on a tail spin, and I'm SO tempted to eat my through it, because food does have a calming effect, and it would be easy to eat lots of cake and send myself in to a sugar coma to combat this anxiety. In brief, my oldest child just had a birthday, which is symbolic of the fact that my husband doesn't want any more kids, and my babies are growing up. I suppose most mothers can relate. Also, a dear friend is selling her house & moving hours away.
In response to my urges, I'm blogging. The kitchen is three rooms away from me at this very moment, and I have no food upstairs with me. This is what I'm choosing: journalling on this blog.
Also, here are some coping methods I've already used today, and some plans for this afternoon:
1. Employ help: I have two of my kids at a relatives house so I can have some Me-time.
2. Visit a friend: I dropped in at a friends house, we had tea, she made the baby a snack, we talked.
3. Pray: I am praying through this because food is not the answer, God knows me & loves me. He always allows me to feel my own emotions, express them to Him, and guide me to a better way of thinking or feeling. He's so patient and kind to me.
4. Read the bible: I'm reading about how God takes our small offerings & multiplies them for His glory (in Matthew regarding the boy who shared his loaves & fishes & Jesus fed thousands). A small pebble begins only with a "thunk" in the water, but God carries that out in a ripple effect.
5. Exercise: I will do a pilates DVD this afternoon. It's not rigorous exercise, but more calming & loving movement today to honor my anxious state, yet still moving my body. UPDATE: I busted a Jillian Michaels 30-Day Shred workout AND a 20-minute Winsor Pilates DVD. I decided I needed a good a$$-whooping.
6. Drink hot tea: did this morning with a friend. Maybe a hot bath would be nice too. UPDATE: hot shower, check!
7. Rest: I will rest technology-free in my room and take a siesta.
8. Laughter: a good laugh is great medicine. UPDATE: watched a few SNL clips.
Bad news happens to all of us. Life gets stressful, gets us down. God knows.
What other ideas do you have for positive reactions to bad news?