This past weekend, I tried to take an hour to unplug and do nothing. Doing nothing is harder than it sounds. When we are at home, there is so much to do and our minds never get a chance to rest. I sat quietly for a good five minutes before I was tempted to get a notebook to jot down all the things I had to do and put in a quick load of laundry. I went outside for a walk, but only managed a half hour and still found myself trying to block out all the things on my to do list.
Sometimes bad things happen that turn out to be a gift. Due to a recent broken knee cap, I haven’t been able to do much exercise. What I noticed is when you don’t view food as fuel life takes on new meaning. Instead of meeting up with my friends for a run or bike ride, I’ve been meeting them for happy hour or dinner. Then, instead of eating for the next day’s calorie needs, I find I eat based on what looks tempting on the menu. It allowed me to get a perspective of what is going on in the United States. We have a plethora of food options that encourage us to ‘live in the moment.’ When we eat what we want because it tastes good, it is harder on our body to digest, which means we end up being more fatigued and the cycle continues.
So, I’ve learned a few things:
- One way to manage stress is to get outside for a walk and let your mind recharge.
- Eat foods that make you feel good tomorrow. Your body will reward you with more energy.