I found myself pacing.
Walking back and forth with really nothing in hand.
Trying to find something, anything, that would satisfy.
On the last walk-through, I realized I wasn’t dealing with the real issue.
I wasn’t hungry but I was taking out my stress in the kitchen. With the final pass-through I realized what was going on. I wasn’t hungry, I was feeling anxious. I was anxious about a zillion little things that apparently have been building throughout the entire day. I knew it, I could feel myself do it, and now the outcome of all those thoughts were “kitchen time.”
Anxiety can come in so many forms, and not everyone who worries a lot has an anxiety disorder but some symptoms you may have are:
Emotionally: feelings of dread, feeling tense or jumpy, being irritable, experience restlessness, or just have trouble concentrating.
Physically: experience sweating, stomach upset, insomnia, fatigue, muscle tension, or headaches.
Now it’s true that long-term and on-going anxiety symptoms are typically something that needs to be discussed with your doctor or therapist but we can all have those moments of anxiousness that can just leave you feeling out of sorts. And because of those feelings, you can find yourself wandering in places (like a kitchen), and doing things that only mask the real feelings that you’re dealing with.
So some good questions to ask yourself to help you deal with those anxious moments are:
Is there responsibilities that you can give up, turn down, or delegate to others?
Can you ask for help when you need it?
Do you get the emotional support you need?
Is there time each day for relaxation and/or fun?
Always seek “balance” in your life. Minimizing and managing your anxiety can really help the stress from accumulating and for you to stay in control - and to stay out of the cupboards and fridge.