Despite the best of intentions, we all lose control from time to time and it’s good to have some tools in mind to minimize damage as well as how long you stay stuck.
What you eat
We all know when we’re having a shitty day it’s easy to use food to sooth ourselves or create a reward in an otherwise crummy situation. Nutrition is a huge component to our health and ability to navigate through life. If you eat fast food to get through a stressful day, you are setting yourself up to start tomorrow in a deficit. On another note, when you’re stressed, digestion is compromised, so eating easy to digest foods is your best bet for minimizing cumulative damage. My go-to foods in times of crisis are smoothies, Dandy blend/turmeric lattes, dark chocolate, and guacamole with veggies and/or boiled eggs.
What you think
Be kind to yourself in the hard moments. Adding insult to injury only takes us deeper and deeper into the mess. What we focus on grows so if you can, try and shift your attention to neutral or positive things. Close your eyes and think of something that brings you joy, or is at least neutral. For joy I try and think of silly moments with my dog, and if that’s too hard I choose neutral thoughts of nature and the peace I feel in it’s presence. It may seem silly but our thoughts have real, physiological effects and doing this for a few minutes every time we feel overwhelm can be a real game changer.
What you do
Support yourself. Even taking 5-10 minutes to breath, meditate, or take a walk can disrupt frenzied energy and help re-center us. Mantras can also be helpful when the thoughts are particularly loud. It’s all about calming the mind.
Try and accept mistakes/misfortunes/challenges & integrate them as stepping stones. The more we trust the timing and process of life, the less we suffer.