Hello lovely readers.
Hope you all had a happy hump day!
My eats for the day started with a warm bowl of oatmeal and coffee:
(I ran out of milk with this year )
Since I knew I’d be camera shy I took a picture of my lunch before leaving:
Snack was tea, yogurt with pineapple and chocolate chips
(Am I the only one who really likes the milk curling up in a cup of tea? I don’t think it does this in coffee…)
And dinner was leftovers: + a 1/2 tortilia with cheese not picutered:
Yes that’s a chick lit book, so sue me! I like to enjoy a book that doesn’t involve huge concentration.
Right now I’m enjoying some herbal tea and the other half of that tortilla with some peanut butter and honey. Yum.
So yesterday I posted about how I was stress eating. It’s not uncommon, it’s nothing new, it’s not unheard of by many of you visiting my site.
But what exactly is it? Why is it that when we feel stress we suddenly feel a need to binge on anything or everything in sight?
Well according to psychology today (a magazine), it comes down to physical responses to stress. Stress is response to something in our environment that we feel threatens our well being. There are physiological responses, and cognitive responses to these stimuli.
From an evolutionary standpoint stress responses came about for survival. We would usually find more energy to deal with the situation once thought to be out of our personal resources. Of course the stressors we originally developed these responses against were not quite the stressors we have these days.
We all have different coping mechanisms for dealing with stress. These can be maladaptive or adaptive. Maladaptive coping strategies don’t help you get rid of the stress. Think stress eating; doesn’t really help you at all does it? Whereas adaptive will help you get to your goal. Say, actually studying for the test.
I really found the psychology today article very informative.
I also took some of the notes from my Sports Psychology class, whilst studying.
And I’ve tried to think of some strategies to use for myself to avoid studying I mean stress eating:
- Like Liz suggested; chewing gum. This does help, I’ve done it in the past. My problem is I go through gum like no other.
- Keeping my hands busy. Even if I’m not studying, taking a break but still feeling anxious about something, if I keep my hands busy with something, it definitely helps keep them away from the cookie peanut butter jar.
- Breath: Put your hand just below your belly button. Take a deep breath, trying to make it reach your hand. Do this three, four times, or until you feel calm. It’s weird, but it works really well.
- Just Getting It Done. That’s right, just sitting down and getting some work done. This is something I’ve only really started getting the hang of recently, just. Getting. The. Work. Done. That. Is. Stressing. Me. Out.
- Making a list. It sometimes helps to just write out what’s stressing you. Then write what the worst thing is that can happen. Once you realize how ridiculous some of the things you think are going to happen are, you’ll probably calm down a little.
- Taking a Break. Sometimes it’s seriously what you need. I know when I start stressing and studying too hard I break, so I make sure I take a break. Do something you really like; exercise, read a book blogs! Or listen to music or anything that will help.
- Try not to beat yourself up. This is a big one for me too. I have to make sure I don’t feel guilty not doing other stuff (like working out as much as I’d like to!) that I normally would be able to do. You can’t do everything, get used to it.
Anyway, that’s just some stuff I found that might help you other stressed out students out there. And just remember sometimes it’s ok to just have some chocolate or peanut butter.