David Vanadia

Stop Being Sweet

How to Avoid Sugar When You’re Stressed About Politics

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If you pay attention to politics and don’t live under a rock, you’re probably stressed out by what’s happening right about now. When stress levels increase, we can easily fall back to old habits for coping. Many folks throw care to the wind and reach for something sweet. Unfortunately, eating sugar is exacerbating. Stay off the junk!

Below are some suggestions to help you stay sugar-free during these trying times.

1. Limit Your Exposure to the News

You will still hear about the most important stuff. Limiting your exposure means less hype in your head and more living in your life. Start with news in the morning and then be as healthy as you can for the rest of the day. Avoid the news at night so you can get some sleep. Doing so will strengthen your mind and body.

2. Make Time For Yourself

Do the things you usually like to do. Schedule downtime and consider it to be as important as your uptime. Whatever you do, don’t bring sweets into your home or workspace. Your downtime is about regenerating. Sweets detract from that.

3. Volunteer

You know what’s important to you. Get out there and get active. When the going gets tough, the tough get going.

4. Talk to People

Your opinion counts and effects those closest to you. Speak out and stand up for what you believe is right. If you have the ability to do so, look out for those who are in need and help them. When political action isolates certain people, those folks don’t have the luxury to just go on living their everyday lives.

5. Remember Our Humanity

Beware if you start to generalize as in, “All ______ are evil/dangerous/idiots.” That is where your brain is overtaxed and you are simplifying complex ideas in order to comprehend them more easily. We are all human beings. Why are some behaving the way they do? Why are others thinking the way they do? Is there a common ground? Taking time to really listen and understand other people can help you to empathize instead of demonize.

6. Get Moving

Dance around. Take a walk. Take a run. Take a drive. Work out. Whatever you can and like to do, do it! Staying active means you are staying adaptive.

7. Eat Smaller Portions

Smaller plates and smaller cups will help you to feel as if you accomplished the completion of your meal while also preventing you from over-consuming. Pretend that a war is coming. Rations will be limited and sweets even more so. Get tough.

8. Resist

Resisting means you are not a push-over. The best way to resist is to stay rooted in your community. Contribute and be a valuable participant. Also, write down your values. Make or gather small reminders of who you are and keep them around your home to keep you from being swayed into fear-based silence or compliance.

9. Rearrange Your Space

Purge old newspapers, magazines, digital files, clothes, books, CDs, or whatever it is that you have accumulated. Repair or replace something you’ve been meaning to fix. Doing so will help reduce stress and help you to think more clearly.

10. Write, Vlog, Blog

Putting your thoughts into words—on paper, on video, or on the screen—will help you sort the clutter in your head. When you are not clear about who you are and what you think, you are more likely to be persuaded. You are also more likely to turn to junk food to relieve the stress if you haven’t thought things through.

I sincerely wish you well being. Stay safe and sane.

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Barbara

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Great advice

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