Whenever you are in the midst of something stressful, cake seems like the thing to do. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s just me, but I have a feeling I’m not alone in this reaction. Whenever I’m experiencing a lot of stress, cake becomes my BFF. Or ice cream. Or cake and ice cream. Or… you get the picture. So when I spent literally years under the weight of stress, well… that’s not the only weight that happens. I think you get the picture.
The thing that I always forget is that feeling good is better than eating cake. Yes, actually eating cake does help me deal with stress. Well, for the short time that it takes to eat cake. But the rest of the time, not so much. It’s short-lived help, to tell the truth. What really helps is getting some sleep. Like actual sleep, good sleep, restful sleep. Which doesn’t happen just because I lie down. And when I lie down after I’ve eaten half a cake, I can guarantee to you that good sleep isn’t going to follow.
Learning to better deal with stress is such an important part of being healthy, not just for the stress itself but for all the stuff that happens (or doesn’t happen) around stress. Like cake. And no sleep. Lately, I’ve been eating lighter. Very little cake… it was my sister’s birthday – happy B-day M – so there was cake but I’ve been cooking, drinking water, taking vitamins, and dealing with stress in better ways and as a result, sleeping well. It’s definitely better than eating cake.
Other ways to deal with stress:
- Cuddle the cat, any one of them, or the dog… or they each get a turn
- Go for a walk
- Read a good book
- Take a warm bath
- Have some warm mint tea
- Watch a ballet DVD
- Write in my journal
- Sing (poorly but hey, this is not American Idol here)
- Talk about it with someone who gets it (Carboy or another good friend)
Hopefully, you’ve got healthy ways to handle stress… healthier than cake, so that when the occasion calls for cake, we can totally enjoy it and get good sleep too.
All will be well