I try not to get too preachy and encouraging about…
I’ve started to notice a bit of a pattern recently and thought I’d share it with you guys. Since having my gastric bypass and going through a process of getting to know my body again I am quite a bit more perceptive about it and how outside things influence my body. Stress is something that can be hard to manage at times and I’m only now beginning to see just how much it effects me physically.
Stress is something that many of us struggle to manage in healthy ways and after having bariatric surgery not being able to turn to food to comfort myself has been hard at times. So hard I’ve cried and basically thrown a tantrum. There have been times when I have gone to food for comfort and it never turns out well but sometimes I forget that and lapse back into old habits.
I have found some healthy ways to channel my stress, exercise being the main thing. I love the instant boost it has on my mood and outlook on things and it’s something I can do that’s just for me (other mums out there I’m sure will relate.) I also do things like take time to pamper myself with beauty products and that helps me relax and unwind. These are great when I can fit them in time wise but obviously they aren’t things I can always turn to at any time when my stress levels suddenly rise.
I have started to find though that when I’m really stressed I have more trouble with food than I usually do. There’s a couple of situations I find myself in on a semi regular basis that just plain stress me out and if I try and eat anything that’s more than the consistency of yoghurt then I have trouble and end up being in pain for a few hours. I’m not sure why it doesn’t work I can eat slowly and chew really well but my body just seems to say a big no. It’s starting to get really frustrating and that only adds to the stress as you can imagine.
I have just realised through writing this I need to find some things that I can do while I’m in these situations to try and relieve it but right now I can’t come up with anything off the top of my head. The physical manifestation of this still takes me by surprise and I have never felt stress manifest itself in such an obviously physical manner before.
Throughout this post-op lifestyle I have learnt so much about myself, my body and how my mind affects a whole lot of things I didn’t realise it did. There’s always something to learn and this is something I still need to work on. Life has been pretty crazy lately and has reached new, unprecidented levels of stressfulness so I guess all of that is playing into it as well.
I’m putting this out there to you guys to see if there’s anything you can suggest that I can do in social situations to help me chill out when I can tell I’m getting stressed? Do you have any tried and true techniques that could help? Comment below and let me know!