Welcome back to the MFRW 52-week Blog Challenge. Our topic for week nine is stress-eating: the whys and wherefores. I am not a big stress eater so I don’t know a lot on this topic. On occasion, if I am very stressed I may crave chocolate (that’s a good excuse and I am sticking to it). I am more the type that gets so busy I forget to eat but when I do I suppose I make up for that missed meal in one sitting and go at it like a dog with a bone.
A lot of people have the misconception that writing is easy, stress free and glamorous. Most authors have to find time to write in their busy schedule of a full-time job, raising a family, and daily housework. Even if we are lucky enough to be able to write full time, there is still family to care for, house to clean, yards to deal with, and deadlines to make.
Lots of deadlines. There is the first draft, revise that get to a beta reader, do those revisions, get to the editor, get it back on their deadline, if you have a publisher more deadlines, deadlines for covers. So it is easy to stay stressed and keep junk food at your desk to nibble on instead of a healthy meal.
I think the reason people stress-eat is food is comfort. When we were babies and upset, moms feed us, when we are little kids and get upset or hurt, moms gave us treats, when we went to the Doctor or other scary, stressful place they would give us suckers, or small pieces of candy. We equate calming down with a treat. Most of the time when we stress-eat it’s carbs we crave. Carbs are sugars and give us more energy.
Excercise can do the same as the carbs. So I have implemented more to my routine. I am going to start posting my results of my new lifestyle in my reader’s group Cat’s Romance-a-holics. If you are not a member and would like to join here is the link. Bring along a friend. I hope to start having fun and games, interactive help with my books and just fun chats.
Do you stress-eat? What are your triggers and how do you deal with it? Lets go see how the other authors deal with stress-eating