“I really need a vacation!” This is a thought that comes to mind – my mind, anyway! – when my “to do” list just grows longer and my schedule is jam packed.
A feeling of overwhelm can begin to take hold. But wait . . . I have been here before! I remind myself that the feeling is much bigger than the reality – this usually is true.
My point? I am getting there! A break is a state of mind. We all need a vacation from stress, and although it may seem like a month of time off is needed, I find that far less time does the trick. Even a half day can do it. This is good news for most of us, because a half day can be difficult enough to find, even on the weekends.
I have another point too, one that directly relates to being overwhelmed by the role that eating plays in life. This time of year, many people approach weight loss like a full-time job – one they hate! If this is you, prepare yourself for lots of overwhelming feelings . . . and lots of self-induced “vacations”, probably of long duration.
A more successful weight loss strategy would incorporate changes at the rate you are ready to make them. Bring the stress level down a notch by keeping expectations reasonable and sustainable. Consciously planning to take “mini vacations” from the plan can help to avoid the feeling that you need to check out and have a monster vacation from the changes you are trying to make.
You may even want to schedule a little relaxation from the plan on a weekly basis. Many people find that they adhere to healthy changes better when they know they have a meal (or a day) during the week when expectations are a little more relaxed. Others find that a reasonable plan can work without planned “vacations” from it. Either way, I find that the best plans predict shaky times and provide the wiggle room to stay within reasonable limits most of the time.