Tuesday, July 09, 2013
Yes, I can deny this to myself but in all actuality I am an emotional eater.
I never thought I was until I decided to sit down and actually take stock of my life. I had a couple of "aha" moments while I was thinking.
I figured out that I will emotionally eat when I am stressed or anxious. I do not eat when I am happy, sad or angry. I see this as a small victory since I am not emotionally eating for all feelings.
Well, things have changed recently. I have been unemployed for 8 months now.
Due to this my stress has increased. I have to be careful that I do not put these feelings into eating. I have tried to get rid of all my trigger foods and this has helped.
I have also been relying more on my coping skills. I have been at the YMCA when I have been feeling stressed. This is a good way to use that energy in a positive manner.
I have been knitting a ton of items for my knitting charity. (Feel free to check it out www.lubasblanket.org
). I try to make cards and use my creativity to get all of those feelings out so I don't dwell on it. Lately, I have been very anxious and that is something I thought I had a handle on. I was very anxious when I was in my early 20's but learned how to manage it. Now, it seems it has returned and I need to use different skills to manage it. My self esteem has taken a hit due to the amount of interview rejections. I know the economy is not the best but it still hurts that I haven't found a job.
I can either dwell on the negative feelings and be a crabapple or I can make the best of it. There are people out there who have it worse than I do. I need to remember this. I have my friends, family and Church to help me when I need it. I have chosen to take charge of my eating and destiny and not let it get me down. I might not be able to control my feelings but I can control how I react to them. I am going to chose to be productive instead of eating the feelings.
I hope everyone is having a great day!