It trips me up every time! I just returned from an overnight in a different city. It was ME time – a couple of friends, an art exhibit, a comfortable hotel. I was relaxed and happy. Eating was GREAT – enjoyed every mouthful, didn’t overeat, didn’t snack, and even had a treat or two. The miles of walking compensated.
And then I came home. Mom was disoriented, but at least she’d eaten. The kitchen wasn’t too trashed. But I felt that emotional ‘click,’ and it wasn’t that good one that sets us off into productive action. It was that ‘stress time’ click. And it started: a mouthful here, a bit of cheese, a couple of crackers. When this situation became apparent [and this time it only took about 15 minutes!], I made a big mug of tea and RAN to my computer to do some surfing.
The reason I’m telling you this is because we ALL have those emotional ‘clicks.’ It could be the children fighting, your boss making ridiculous demands, or something your spouse has done. Another relative might start talking with that certain whine that means you’re going to be hit up for some project or other.
Whatever it is, recognizing it as something that automatically sets you off is the biggest step in developing a management-without-food strategy. It would have been SO easy for me to just keep munching, but that’s not the answer.
Tea, coffee, whistling, turning up some music, going outside, deep breathing, whatever it is, plan it now, before you need it. Keep in your mental ‘pocket’ so that it’s handy.