Life will always happen
I’ve always been very harsh on myself.
At school, was a good pupil, and if I struggled with something, I used to study a lot to get it right, and have good grades.
Same at uni.
And later on workwise, I always wanted to be successful. Be the best. Overachieve on targets, and working in sales, it was a great environment for me.
I rarely missed a target.
But wanting to be the best, always put a lot of pressure on me. And sometimes, required many hours of study or work, to make it happen.
Stressful situations always used to involve sweets, the famous Haribos.
And if there were crisps or biscuits to top it up, so be it!
Which made it really hard for me when I decided to go on a diet. As end of the quarter, was always stressful.
Or when a deal fell through, I had to see where I could dig another one out to reach target.
Or even more trivial stuff, a train or a plain that was delayed which meant that all my plans got stuffed.
A bad date, or a breakup.
Plenty of potential scenarios to ditch the good intentions, and turn to my default reaction, the sweets.
Now, I’m not saying that this impulse of turning to sweets has totally disappeared.
It’s definitely still there, and I presume, it will always be there.
The big question is how I deal with it.
And I discovered two things when succumbing to the sweets:
1. it’s not about the fact that it will never happen. It’s about how quickly I can get over it, and put them aside again, and get back to my healthy habits.
In the past, a bout of stress, a mishap or whatever stressful scenario, would not stop at one day, it would drag on, sometimes up to a few months.
Now, if and when it happens, I have my bag of sweets, and once I had it, I just tell myself, OK, you had it, back on track. And get back quite quickly.
2. if I do happen to respond with sweets, I always try and analyse the scenario afterwards, and ask myself the question: what could I have done differently. How could I have reacted differently that doesn’t involve the sweets.
It’s not foolproof, but it’s definitely better, and more importantly very realistic.
Life does happen, and will always happen. It’s how you react to it that counts, and how quickly you can get back to your healthy habits.
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