The first half of this week has been filled with anxiety and stress.
Actually, I take that back. These past few months have been pretty stressful, to be honest. This job hunt is not easy, and it’s taking a lot longer than I’d like. I’d like to say I’m trying my best not to complain, but there have definitely been some days where I just couldn’t take it anymore.
Anyways, all this stress and anxiety has come to a high point this past week. I’m waiting on some results in regards to a job opportunity and I’ve been incredibly impatient. If everything goes according to plan, I should find out by the end of day today.
The closer I get to finding out, the more nervous I become. So, as you can imagine, I’ve got a ton of nervous energy running through my veins right now.
I can tell you exactly what Past Lisa would have done with all that nervous energy. First would come the stress eating – chocolates, cookies, you name it. Not to mention a few glasses of wine and/or beer. Next, she would probably stay up late each night, surfing the internet, reading articles – fixating my attention on anything to distract me. Finally, she would probably go shopping for clothes and shoes that she didn’t need.
But this week, instead of resorting to the usual nervous habits of Past Lisa, I chose to be different.
- Instead of stress eating – I’ve been practicing portion control. I’m not exactly on a diet, but I’ve been more mindful of what has been going into my body and how much. As far as alcohol, I have been cutting back considerably lately.
- Instead of staying up late with distractions – I’ve been trying my best to sleep at a reasonable hour. As a result, I’ve been waking up early on weekdays, usually around 5:30 am. (That’s one thing I can cross off my 2014 goals!) On top of that, I’ve been going to the gym 3x a week during the early mornings.
- Instead of shopping – I decided to pay off one of my student loans!
So, what happened?
Honestly, I’m not too sure what exactly took me from Past Lisa to Present Lisa. But I do know that a lot of it started when I just decided to be different than who I was. You can always choose to be different at any point in your life. From that point, you can either follow through with your decision or you can ignore it and stay the same way you’ve been up until this point.
Yes, there was a point in time when I associated anxiety with food, wine, distractions, and retail therapy. But I’m here to tell you that it’s possible to change your perspective to something more healthy, productive, positive, and budget friendly! Change doesn’t happen overnight, but it does happen!
How would you like to change? And what will you do to get there?