I have been letting several errands pile up. Basically, I’ve been avoiding doing them…
To avoid doing these simple but boring everyday errands…to distract myself from the discomfort I feel about not doing them, I go “mindless”. And of course, “mindless eating” has always been my #1 go-to strategy to accomplish “mindlessness”. So, when I avoid doing errands, my emotional eating increases.
So as soon as I woke up today I said “enough”. I made a list of everything that’s currently draining my energy; two overdue catalog returns that need to be packed up and dropped off at The UPS Store, many things to purchase at Costco. I need new bed sheets with deeper pockets to accommodate a new mattress topper. So I’ll stop at Bed, Bath, and Beyond and I’ll remember to take a coupon this time! I’ll stop at Walgreen’s. I had a horrible headache last Wednesday. But I had no Tylenol in the house, so I just lived with the headache. That’s crazy! That’s NOT self-care!
This morning I spent just 5 minutes or so organizing these errands on a piece of paper. I numbered them in order of how I can do them most efficiently; get them all done today in time to pick up Thai food for dinner at 6pm. I’m having company tonight and we’re going to watch a movie. I want to be present tonight…not mindless and disconnected because another day has gone by without practicing SELF-CARE.
As I write this, I feel better already! I have just committing to this plan. NOT doing these things has really been draining my energy. Enough! Done! I can already feel some positive energy coming back! I’m off to do my errands…
Is there anything you’re avoiding that may be driving you toward emotional eating?
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Ellen Shuman is a Life Coach who specializes in empowering people who are working on emotional and binge eating recovery. She is the founder of A Weigh Out & Acoria Eating Disorder Treatment, Immediate Past President of the Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA), and Co-Founder of the Academy for Eating Disorders Special Interest Group on “Health at Every Size”, email@example.com