It’s been a bit stressful for me at work lately. Grant proposal deadlines loom and so things are always crazy around this time. I’m also taking on more work responsibilities and possibly a promotion and I have mixed feelings about it. Excitement, anxiety, a little fear – am I ready for it?
Anyway, after spending a stressful day at work yesterday, all I really wanted to do was go home and take a break from working out. I could hear a bag of chips and pumpkin ale calling my name. Instead, I put on my running clothes and did 3 miles on the treadmill while watching an episode of The Blacklist on Netflix. I felt much better afterwards and I was so glad I didn’t opt for that stupid bag of chips and beer.
Which brings me to the reason I’m writing this post: what is it about stress that makes us want to eat crap, skip our workouts, and just generally not give a shit about our health? We all have bad things happen in our life. We all know that we deal with things better when we feel healthy. We know that we deal with stress better when we eat healthy and work out regularly.
It makes absolutely no sense to me when our minds tell us, “I’m going through a really tough time right now, so I’m getting off of the healthy track for just a while until things calm down and I’m feeling up to eating healthy and working out again.” WTF? That makes absolutely no sense, and we KNOW it doesn’t make sense, and yet we listen to that voice.
What we really need to do is tell that voice to shut the hell up because it has no idea what the hell it’s talking about. What we need more than anything during tough times in our lives is to pay special attention to ourselves and our health. We need healthy eating and workouts during the tough times more than at any other time. Why would we punish ourselves and make things worse by eating like shit and skipping workouts? How is that helping anything?
The next time you’re feeling blue, sad, angry, or frazzled, think about how you’re choosing to treat yourself. Think really, really hard. And then ask yourself what you deserve. I’m willing to bet that you deserve more than the crap you’re giving yourself. We all deserve better than that. We are rock stars and we deserve VIP treatment.
Do you agree? What are some healthy ways that you deal with stressful, negative situations in your life? I’d love to hear your thoughts!