What do you do when you can no longer eat your emotions? What happens when, for example, you get broken up with and your go to for dealing with the sadness and anger is a pint of Ben & Jerry’s with a spoon, Beaches or Steel Magnolias on the tv and box of a tissues? And watching Beaches is just not the same with a bowl of fresh fruit. Now that you’re trying to keep a healthy lifestyle, how do you deal with these feelings without drowning them in ice cream.
To be honest with you, it’s not easy. When you’re feeling low, it’s harder for you to take care of yourself. You just want to do whatever you can to make yourself feel better. And fast. Because those negative feelings are incredibly unpleasant. The problem is that if you try to deal with them by eating things that are not healthy, you’re going to compound being sad over the situation at hand with also feel badly for eating so poorly.
So, the best thing you can do for yourself is to have a plan that can be immediately put into place should the situation arise. You need to have a list of things you can do in the moment until you can process your feelings in a healthy way. Because the thing about feelings is that you have to deal with them. They don’t just go away. They may lessen over time, but unless dealt with and processed, they’re going to creep up in ways you don’t realize, typically in behaviors that are not healthy for you.
What kinds of things can you do in place of that pint of Ben and Jerry’s? Have you found a favorite exercise to immerse yourself in? Exercise has been a proven to help fight depression. Will it make you less sad over your breakup? Not necessarily. But it will release some endorphins that might help to combat it a bit. And when you’re done exercising, you’ve just finished doing something really good and healthy for yourself. You’re less likely to want to sit down with that ice cream at that point. What other kinds of things can help? Reaching out to your friends who have been there and understand. You can talk out your feelings with them. I’d love to hear your ideas on healthy replacements for eating your feelings. Please leave them in the comments below!