Reflections #9: Eat, Stress, Repeat

In the past few months I’ve experienced my fair share of stress and anxiety. And like many others, I’ve found myself turning to food as a way to cope with these feelings. But what started as a way to find comfort and relief quickly turned into a vicious cycle of stress eating, physical pain, and excessive overeating.

At first, I didn’t really realize what was happening. I would end my workday feeling drained and overwhelmed, and I would reach for the first thing I could find in the fridge. Maybe it was some leftover pizza, or a bag of chips, or a pint of ice cream. It didn’t really matter what it was – as long as it was something that could provide me with a temporary escape from my stress and anxiety.

But soon, I started to notice that this behavior was taking a toll on my body. I would feel bloated and uncomfortable after eating, and I started to experience stomach pains and indigestion. I also noticed that I was gaining weight, and my clothes started to feel tight and uncomfortable.

Despite these warning signs, I found it difficult to break the cycle of stress eating. In fact, it only seemed to get worse as time went on. I would eat to feel better, but then I would feel guilty about overeating, which would only increase my stress levels and make me want to eat even more.

It was like I was caught in a never-ending cycle of stress and overeating, and I didn’t know how to break free.

Eventually, I realized that I needed to find healthier ways to cope with my stress and anxiety. I started to make time for exercise, which helped me to feel more energized and focused.

It wasn’t easy to break the cycle of stress eating, but with time and effort, I was able to do it. And in the process, I learned some valuable lessons about the importance of taking care of both my physical and mental health. By finding healthier ways to cope with stress.