When Stress Leads To Overeating (Or, Why I Almost Ate An Entire Can Of Frosting Last Night)
Stress comes in many forms and it comes to us all.
Last evening it came to me in the form of being laid off from a job that I truly adored.
Normally, this would have sent me into a tailspin of grief and anxiety, well…it kinda did, but along with that would have came me reaching for my old friend comfort food.
It’s one thing that I know which would have given me a quick “fix” of peace. I found myself instinctually groping around the pantry for the can of cream cheese frosting I knew was hiding back there, just waiting for a moment like this: “There, there, Linda. I’m here for you. I’ll make you feel all better!”
No! I knew that greasy concoction of partially hydrogenated oils and corn syrup was lying!
So, I took a deep breath for a count of 1…2…and out for 1…2…3…4…
Here’s a handy list of things you can do to calm yourself instead of reaching for food:
- Call a friend and vent
- Cuddle your pet (my dog Rocco is great for this, but you’ll have to find your own furry friend)
- Take a long bath with the phone off
- Go for a walk
- Drink some herbal tea out of your favorite cup
- Write in your journal
- Scream into a pillow (wouldn’t want to scare the neighbors!)
- Meditate or pray
- Relax your jaw and shoulders (we hold a lot of tension here)
- Crank up music and dance
- Draw or paint
- Get a massage
- Hug your partner or kids
- Paint your nails
- Get outside (just getting out of your house or apartment can make you feel better)
- Go out to a movie
- Read a book
- Do something nice for someone without them knowing
- Let it go (I’m still working on this one)