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I Need to Get a Life

 
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elegantportions



Joined: 19 May 2014
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Location: Montana

PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2018 4:35 pm    Post subject: I Need to Get a Life Reply with quote

I am finding that my biggest fails come from using food when I should be doing other things. My long-standing habit has been to use food as my "go to" resource. I need your help changing that habit.

Specifically, what is your favorite way to treat yourself that does not involve food, alcohol, or spending money? How do you celebrate?

And the flip side - how do you comfort yourself/handle stress?
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jenji



Joined: 26 Sep 2017
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Location: Cambridge

PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2018 6:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Comfort myself - read a book from childhood or watch a movie from childhood. Or, alternatively, read a book that isn't heavy lifting - for me, that's sci fi or romance or graphic novels or humor. Some workbooks are comforting and a way to learn without straining myself.

Treat myself - I've been trying to move away from impulse purchases, but I have bought myself some investment clothing purchases for work. For me, what I look for for these is:
# washable,
# if possible, natural fabrics (silk, cotton ponte, etc)
# in my chosen color palette (navy is my neutral, or light grey)
* fit me well right now

Also soothing - walks in nature, or walks in my city with friends; patting my neighbor's dog, petting my cat; playing music; singing in groups or learning a new song alone; yoga (youtube - I like Yoga with Adriene - or a class); meeting girlfriends for drinks (this involves alcohol for me, one glass of wine, so about $15-20 with tip); going out with my boyfriend. Kayaking.

I am political and have been worried about our country. I also find it soothing to meet with like-minded people to work on issues I care about.
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eschano



Joined: 18 Jul 2012
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2018 11:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Love this thread already - great one EP.
I made a list once but lost it since ha!

Comfort:
Passive comfort:
Hot bath
Lightening candles and snuggle with a novel
Go to the hairdresser or do my own hair (I know bizarre but I find hairdryers really soothing)
Massages
Sit in a cafe watching people and enjoy a hot milky drink (borderline here as using some kind of food but hey)
Cuddling my cats (although lately they have been missing out as I always have a child on me and actually enjoy being cuddle free for a few moments)

Active comfort:
A relaxing yoga class (not the fitness yoga kind)
Writing a journal
Go for a walk in the park
Cuddling with the kids when they are in a good mood (😂)

Low cost comfort:
Buying flowers for the house or seasonal decorations
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ladybird30



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2018 3:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I do need a substitute activity for eating when I really need a mental escape - playing patience while listening to music does it for me. Another way is a brisk walk to the local cinema, followed by another walk home. 40 minutes of walking each way is a real mood enhancer, and there is the escape of a film in the middle.

Long walks with a group in the countryside or forest also are a good way of feeling better. I do that weekly.

A new book to read is a good treat, and they are free from my local library.
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Imogen Morley



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2018 11:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Even though I love reading, sometimes it's not enough to completely occupy my mind. I find that listening to music and/or singing does the trick. And rewatching British sketch comedy shows like Mitchell&Webb or Fry&Laurie never fails to make me smile when I need it most.
When I want to get out of the house, I absolutely adore browsing books in the library.
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