I work from home. Thankfully, not in my kitchen anymore. But the kitchen is only a few strides away… And I’ve noticed something about my eating habits. Something I hate. Something that happens particularly when I’m working.
The need to feed. Emotionally.
I started tracking my urges to figure out what this compulsion to stuff food in my face is really all about and here’s what I found.
Let’s say I just finished catching up on emails and I’m about to start on a project.
“FOOD IN MY FACE, NOW!” my brain tells me.
Hold on, hold on. I’m not even hungry. Whyyyyyy do I feel I need this?
It creates a break. A transition from one task to another.
Really, what I need is to press the refresh button on my brain in order to gear up for something new. So what other things can I do?
First, just saying “Transition” out loud helps me identify what’s going on.
Getting up and moving around really does help. This could be as simple as a bathroom break or refilling my water bottle or cup of tea. It could be as FUN as a mini dance party -pick a song, crank it up, bounce around, WOOHOO! That truly helps me reset and refocus.
Sometimes (gasp!) I even do squats. Just stand up, do a set of 25 and get back to work. Sense of accomplishment? Bingo. Transition? Achieved. Unnecessary face-stuffing? Avoided.
We’re not meant to sit in one place, staring at a computer screen, plowing forward on multiple projects with no mental break.
And when I start checking social media like a fiend, that’s also another sign that I need a transition, something to help me refocus and get my energy up again. I’m pushing against my current task (usually out of fear or boredom) and I need to shake it off.
Allow yourself healthy transitions -even just saying it aloud to acknowledge that’s what you’re feeling.