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:
- Taking a nice epsom salt bath
- Listen to some good pump up music and hit the gym.
- Call a friend/family member and talk about the stress or cravings. Support!
- Cuddle with my love, cat or dog
- 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?