… is not desserts spelled backwards
(well, it is, but that’s not my point)
We often allow stress to control our lives and are reactive to whatever is going on around us. You can improve the quality of your life and reduce stress moment by moment by living mindfully, taking control of your emotions and having a choice over how you feel and how you react to things. You can then meet your real needs in the best possible ways.
If these are the times you are likely to use food in response to stress, practise taking the time out to calm yourself and ask yourself:
What do I really need?
- To take some space
- Go for walk
- Take some other form of exercise
- Sit somewhere peaceful
- Lie down
- Distract myself
- To talk to someone whom I trust
- Write my feelings down
- Listen to music / put the radio on
- Do a gratitude list
- Get out of the house