It’s rare, but I was at a dinner and Chinese food was what we were eating. It’s a play food that I am not opposed to, but one that should not be eaten often.
I was in the middle of a stressful situation and found myself eating orange chicken like it was my last meal. I felt better while eating it, but once I realized I was eating to cope with stress, I felt pretty crappy, which made me more stressed!
Here’s what I did:
1. I stopped
2. Acknowledged what I was doing
3. Did something to change the situation
When you eat in a stressful state, your body goes into “Famine Mode.” Your body tells you to eat more and to store excess energy as fat. This makes your stressful situation far worse in the long run.
Seizing the opportunity to stop what you are doing, acknowledging you are eating for the wrong reason and trying a different stress reliever can be a powerful experience. It’s an opportunity to prove to yourself that you can control how you deal with stress, rather than the stress controlling you.
When things aren’t going well and you’re stressed out, it’s hard to make good decisions. But, when you do, it can set you on the right path to deal with your stress in a more positive manner or at least one that will not cause any further damage.
Just stopping, realizing what I was doing, and taking control of the situation was a great stress reliever for me, at that moment. How have you best dealt with stress?