When stress strikes, strike back
What is stress? It is fear that can take over your rational thoughts and sabotage everything you have worked so hard for.
As I sat down to write about stress and ways of dealing with it, I had to smile. What I am about to write is the information I know has worked for me previously but in recent times I’ve not followed. So while I share my tips with you, I will be re-educating myself as well.
So often we turn to comfort eating in times of stress. Do you ever wonder about the words “Comfort” and “Eat”? What is so comforting about eating rubbish foods? We often end up binging on them and feel really awful afterwards. Yes these foods may taste good as we are eating them but are they worth jeopardizing our goals for? Are they worth sabotaging our hard work for? No I don’t think so. In fact I think the words “Comfort Eating” should be replaced with “Guilty Eating” because that’s exactly how most of us feel afterwards.
What to do?
So what do you do when stress strikes? You stick to your plan even more rigidly than before, doing everything in your power to stay on top, keeping your ultimate weight loss goal in mind and weaken the saboteur inside yourself. Turn your focus to something else, anything else that will help you feel better in yourself and take your mind off your stress craving.
In my responses to our members weigh in comments I often suggest they read a book, listen to music, meditate, take a bath or do a hobby which may help. That’s because these are feel good things that will really help you feel comfort. Read a good book full of great images that will lift your mood. Self-help books, coaching books and self-development books will get you in the right mindset to deal with what is going on around you. Meditating is a great way of getting in touch with yourself and helps you relax your body and mind. I do realise that not everybody can meditate, however there are so many apps and You Tube clips that can help you to learn. When you feel relaxed you are more focused and will be able to work through things clearly. Listening to music can really lift your spirits too and you might even get dancing which will burn those pounds.
Hobbies are great for escapism. I make handmade items such as cards, jewellery and altered items. I always find I’m in a world of my own when I craft, time seems to stop and I’ve no cares at all. Having non-food ways to escape the stress is much more beneficial to you than eating. Keeping activities can improve your weight loss and you’ll feel so much better that you will no longer be tempted to fill that void with food. Write out a list of the hobbies you can enjoy which will help distract you, change your mood and even make you feel motivated again. When stress strikes refer to your lift and don’t let food be your answer.