The Full Mind Weigh® – coaching that empowers you to stop regaining the weight you lost!
Have you been here lately?
The kids are screaming, or your boss is being an %&$@#, or your significant other is in a foul mood. Maybe your car blew a tire on the way to work and you were late for an important meeting. Or a client or customer blew up at you on the phone – and then sent a nasty email to your supervisor. Or your bank account is overdrawn and the creditors are making threatening phone calls. Your sister is accusing you of flirting with her husband. Or that vacation you were looking forward to and so badly need was cancelled for some reason….. or some combination of the above.
The list goes on, doesn’t it, the stressors that can so easily get to us and shred our resolve to maintain a healthy lifestyle, the situations, events and people that stress, hurt or anger us, and so often our response is to reach for food in an effort to chill out, calm down, or get rid of the pain. It’s never a salad or a piece of fruit that we reach for. That doesn’t do it. It’s whatever our comfort food happens to be – chocolate, chips, cookies, donuts, cake, fast food, whatever.
And you’re busy – not just busy, you’re totally overwhelmed with the demands of your everyday life, without anything extra or unexpected coming up.
When the “stress management experts” tell you to take a bath or go for a walk instead of heading for the drive-thru, you laugh: “You don’t know my life! I don’t have time to lay around in a bathtub while the kids are fighting, my partner is complaining about the fact that dinner isn’t ready, and my phone is burning up with “urgent” text messages from my attention-seeking mother!”
So what’s an aspiring maintainer to do?
Here are 10 things you can do when you’re totally spent, overwhelmed, and ready to scream – instead of reaching for a donut to stuff it all down – and they take less than a minute.
- Close your eyes, and simply breathe.
- If you’re a visual person, visualize a relaxing scene or your “safe place”.
- If you’re an auditory person, use your iPhone to listen to some relaxing sounds.
- Laughter heals. Check out some joke websites. Or simply smile – I promise you, it works.
- Recall as many details as you can of a happy event in your life.
- Make a quick gratitude list.
- Remind yourself of your greatest strengths and accomplishments and tell yourself “if I can do that, then I can handle this”.
- Remind yourself that you’ve already survived 100% of your worst days ever.
- Stretch – it releases helpful endorphins that help counter the body’s stress response.
- Text a quick “thank you” to someone – anyone who’s ever been there for you.
I’d love to read your comments on this post. What do you think of these ideas? Are you using any of them? If so, how are they working for you?
Weight Loss Maintenance Coaching empowers you to stop regaining the weight you lost, using your existing strengths and resources. Contact me to set up your free initial consultation: firstname.lastname@example.org
With warm wishes,
Doreen Lerner, Ph.D.
The Full Mind Weigh® is strictly an educational program and is not a substitute for medical or psychological evaluation or treatment. If you think you may be suffering from an eating disorder, please consult with a qualified mental health professional who is trained to evaluate and treat eating disorders.