Thursday, October 08, 2009

Contents Under Pressure

Things are stressful. Not in an overly dramatic way, but in the unrelenting, everyday way. There are things to worry about, deadlines to meet, bills to pay.

In this, I am no different from anyone else. The details of my cares may be different, but the fact that I have them is as common as dandelions in the lawn.

Lately, I have noticed an increase in my hunger. I know for a fact that I am eating enough (plenty, really!), so why? Why this seemingly insatiable hunger recently?

I think it's that my stress is feeling a bit overwhelming at the moment. I have a kid in school. He is probably the least stressful thing in my life at the moment. But I have a husband and a house that needs cleaning and maintenance, a job that demands much attention, and bills that are stretching my ability to keep us solvent at the moment. It's been a bit of a snowball rolling downhill.

And like so many others, my body craves comfort and release from the stress. Food, the action of chewing and swallowing, sweet, salty, crunchy, soft and soothing...

It is hard to resist that temptation. However, I have found a better release. It takes effort, granted, but it really does work better than having another brownie.

I walk. When I get home from work and am feeling a bit on edge, I change into my shorts and a tank top, don my sneakers and cushy socks, turn on the mp3 player and go.

A couple of days ago, this song came on while I was walking. It was perfect.


Janis said...

Good for you...walking is a great stress relever.

nikki said...

I go down to my studio which is blessedly food free.

I am going to be singing that song all damn day long now!!!

Good for you on walking. Great for stress and peace of mind.

The Church Lady said...

I always loved that song, even today. Walking does release the stress. It is hard to recognize that we eat for all the wrong reasons. I am learning to deal with this right now in Weight Watchers.

Hoosier Girl said...

I hope you feel better.

Big hug!


Sandcastle Momma said...

Walking is such a great stress reliever but I have trouble putting down the Oreos to put my shoes on. Good for you for actually doing it!

Swampy said...

I love to walk, but just won't take the time to do it !
Great song !
B-R-E-A-T-H-E !

Pamela said...

just been scarfing.

Bobbie Leigh said...

We share this problem my friend...If I figure out how to kick it I'll let you know!