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I am starting out my social work career and my marriage. I write to relieve stress...mostly by sarcastically telling life stories.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Coping Skills

When you work in the world of mental health you often hear about "self care". I have never had to think about it that much- even when I worked at DSS. This job is a whole other ball game though.

I realized one day that I was becoming a massive food junkie. I would come home from work stressed out and I would eat- literally- everything in sight. I would start with salty, then sweet, even carbs- and eat an entire dinner on top of it.

This past weekend I decided I was not going to let this job control me- or turn me into a fat cow. So I broke out my tennis shoes and signed back up for Weight Watchers.

I did the Weight Watchers program back when I worked at DSS. I was very successful on it and then the holidays hit and- well I wanted casseroles and sweets! Now it is about 2 years later and I have accomplished gaining every pound back. Go me!

I know this program works because I have had success in the past so now I'm determined. I have been on the plan since Saturday and I haven't cheated once. I have a refrigerator full of fruits and veggies to munch on. Plus hubby and I have started walking the dogs most nights of the week- so they are happy with the change!

I hope that being active and eating right will be one way I can make myself deal with stress in a healthy way. It is so easy to get sucked into chaos and sometimes we forget to take care of ourselves. Now I know that I have to remember to put my own self care first or else I will never make it in this field.

1 comment:

  1. Yes, I can relate--good luck! Glad, it's getting to be good walking weather!