An old and classic movie comes to mind as the main character, an older mafia Don, tells another character in the film, to never make a decision when you’re mad, and this wise advice could also be attributed to eating and knowing when to eat.
When you get mad do you automatically go to the kitchen and stuff yourself with salty or sweet foods and then chase it down with a soft drink? Actually anger and eating are intertwined for many people. More commonly known as emotional eating, this type can be very bad for those trying to stay fit and has caused many of people to gain loads of weight. Whatever the reason for the anger angry eaters overeat as a way to suppress the anger they feel and feel like they cannot express it to others so they take it out on their own bodies and end up hurting their diet. It is also not recommendable to eat when one is sad or depressed as you will not be focused and stuff yourself with whatever looks appetizing or will give you instant satisfaction (which usually turns out to be a chocolate bar, soft drink or chips) or when super excited (as you actually eat less because of the high adrenaline level in your blood which suppresses your appetite, but then feel hungrier later and end up eating more and gaining more weight). This is a horrible cycle to get into and one very hard to break and one must be strong and wise when learning how to control or better said bridle your passions and emotions.
When learning how to scuba dive off the coast of Honduras, there was a part in the course in which the instructor explained to us about crisis management under water or better said, what to do when something goes wrong. The rules of scuba (PADI) explain that when something goes wrong underwater the first things you do are, STOP-BREATH-THINK-ACT. I have over the years adapted this true concept to other parts of my life and have found them to be very helpful to alleviate situations in which I would otherwise start swinging or say things that I would later regret. Situations or people will set off your temper and knowing ways to control and bridle your anger can help you greatly and keep you on your path to a fit and healthy body.
There are many ways to keep yourself in check and in control of your emotions to be able to perform and relax at your best.
- Join a gym. Choose a gym that has good facilities and activities like yoga, swimming, dance, boxing etc. All these activities will give you a way to channel any anger that you may have and directed it at a punching bag, dancing floor, swimming pool or yoga mat. You will not only be helping your anger but also losing weight.
- Take a deep breath, and if properly done stress can be managed and reduced with proper breathing. Your brain needs oxygen and lots of it and the more it gets under tense situations the better you can think and perform. When a person gets under stress they actually breathe shallower and this can lead to hyperventilation which can cause anxiety and stress. Abdominal breathing techniques can soothe the nervous system and encourage other health benefits such reduced blood pressure.
- Drink some tea. Yes that’s right, tea is the great stress reducer and it’s cheap. It works by cutting the levels of the stress hormones cortisol and thus keeps you more relaxed. By drinking it 3-4 times per day hot or cold you will be aiding yourself greatly.
The trick here is learning how to prepare yourself so when the time comes you will be more able to take control of the situation and deal with a stress and tenseful situation and deal through it and not around it and maybe even laugh at it.