Jobs, finances, etc, one of the MAJOR stressors in life, right?
I took a breath, talked to Chris, tried not to get worked up into a full blown panic attack (as I have been known to do when a huge stressor settles upon my shoulders). I have savings. I am saving the money I am making from this contract job. I have several months to find a job. I will work hard at doing it. I will hope that everything works out.
I did stress eat a little yesterday - ate an extra serving of chocolate, too much sunflower seed butter, etc. I was so full by dinner time that I actually didn't make myself a meal - Chris ate leftover pulled pork and I just had a few slices of deli turkey on lettuce wraps. Definitely made the right decision to put the brakes on eating last night (though I wanted to just dive right into a huge plate of food for some temporary comfort... but that is obviously an old behavior that has never helped me in the long run!). Weighed in at 122 on the dot today :)
This link has some good advice on how to deal with stress in the short and long term: Four Ways to Deal with Stress from the American Heart Association (obviously we don't want to be stressing our hearts out, where would we be without them???).
Therapy, Buddhist thought, and careful self-examination has helped me recognize when I am getting too stressed and how to deal with it. Stressing ages us in so many ways - causes inflammation, stress on our hearts, ruins our skin, causes weight gain, etc. It also makes life suck.
Overeating is NOT the way to deal with stress - it only SEEMS to lessen stress temporarily. Then it comes back with more force than before, causing an awful cycle.
Take care of yourselves <3
At the office right now, prepping the final exam. I brought some baked chicken and sweet potatoes for my lunch:
Also feeling kind of cute today, despite a near-miss with a meltdown yesterday: