I have found exercise to be a great emotional outlet, especially for negative emotions. I have had a roller coaster of family drama, as a kid and teenager, as well as through m 20s I turned to food to deal with the drama and negative emotions. As a mother and wife, I fund myself doing the same thing, using food to heal myself, when all along I was hurting myself.
Recently, I have had a break through of sort whereby I use exercise to deal with negative and positive emotions. I started an extreme workout system, setting boundaries for myself when it comes to food by finding alternative choices for unhealthy craving (MMs are now chocolate almond milk), I also empowered myself by setting boundaries of what drama I will allow to be around me. This has been the hardest lesson, as it pertains to my older children, tough love, and renouncing the guilt I associated by setting these boundaries. The new boundaries protect me, and simultaneously aid my children to become there own person and stand on their own, without mom to the rescue.
Also, I use meditation and breathing to aid stress.
I hope things get things improve for you. The one rule I now have is: Take care of me, and the rest will follow. I have sought outside help as well, by way of friends. Chin up, separate yourself from their drama, and take care of you.
I am. I can. I will. I do.
| Pounds lost: 20.0