A is for Anxiety
Did anyone guess that A would be for Anxiety? Hmmm… It was in a pretty stiff competition with Accountability and Attitude, but for some reason I felt that Anxiety is what I need to talk about tonight.
Hi. I’m Teresa and I’m a Nervous Nellie. Yes, sometimes I feel like I need a support group for this particular neurosis. I’m not anxious all the time. However, it frequently sneaks up on me when I’m not paying attention and before I know it everything I do is overshadowed by that nail-biting nincompoop.
You may be wondering how anxiety fits into the ABC’s of my health and fitness. Well, let me tell you. When I’m anxious I eat. Even when I’m not hungry. Even if I just ate two minutes ago. And….the less healthy, the better it seems to sooth my nerves. Why is that?
One of the difficult things about treating my anxiety with food is that I’m almost oblivious to the fact that I’m doing it. I have to be very deliberate about the food I have available or I just go nuts.
I know that I could find much better ways to cope with anxiety. Meditation. Exercise. Talking to someone about what is causing me worry. The goal for the next few weeks is to recognize when I’m being driven to food by nerves and identify an alternative way to deal with the anxiety–preferably one that will further my health and fitness goals rather than detract from it.
Do any of you deal with anxiety?
What are your coping methods?