How do you cope?

Sharp cheddar cheese and Wheat thins….those use to be my coping mechanism for when I was stressed out. I could easily crush a brick and box on my own, and always felt terribly later. Well, what now? What now when life is stressful and you want to escape? I know I could easily dive into old habits of indulging and gorging, but I’ve worked way too hard and for way too long to achieve and accomplish what I have already.

So coping mechanism. Self care. These are the pieces that I am focusing on now because with 45..make that 44 days until my wedding and 77 days until I graduate from my masters, I feel my stress level increasing and yesterday I gave into a craving-Frosted Flakes of all things. Anyhow, here is my commitment to myself for self-care practices that I know work for me and love:

  1. Taking a nice epsom salt bath
  2. Listen to some good pump up music and hit the gym.
  3. Call a friend/family member and talk about the stress or cravings. Support!
  4. Cuddle with my love, cat or dog
  5. Drink a lot of water until the feeling passes.

These are a list of a few things that help me when I’m feeling stressed or having cravings. I will report back in next week about how this worked for me 🙂 What are some of your self care/ coping mechanisms?

One response to “How do you cope?”

  1. For me it’s a yoga class or hike on a trail close by. Switching out old habits for new ones is the key to long-term success! Having a friend join you keeps you from finding excuses not to go.

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