So here I am at work, sipping tea, writing some documentation, and looking for something to eat in my desk. Whatís there? Sugar free gum. High fiber crackers. Tea, lots of tea. All the little snacks and treats are gone, and have been for months. There are days when Iím really glad about this, and then there are days I find it annoying.
But then, I have to remember that I took this step for a reason: to not eat! No stress eating. No boredom eating. No ĎI donít want to do this taskí eating. No mindless munching. This clean out was definitely the right thing to do Ė the whole setting-up-your-environment-for-success concept.
But Iím still bored. What about a substitute? In theory, I should, of course, be diligently working, but everyone needs a break now and then. With the kind of work I do, thereís a definite benefit to clearing out the cobwebs. It gives me a chance to look at things from a different angle and clarify the task at hand. But those are also the moments when I start rooting around my desk for something to eat.
Hmmm. Over the weekend I suggested to a boredom eater that he take a walk around the store, or the block, instead of reaching for that second or third bagel. Sounds like good advice, as long as the route doesnít take me past the vending machine [at least, there are some 100 calorie snack packs in there, but this isnít a habit I want to cultivate!]
Oh wait. What am I doing right this second as a distraction? Iím writing this essay!
Maybe things arenít so desperate. Iíve just written about two boredom munchie strategies. Now, if only I could get to the point where I donít even notice the lack of snacks around! Thank goodness for the fact that all that stuff is gone, though.