As a practice administrator in a very busy medical practice with two locations, I have become accustomed to working in a highly stressful work environment. Back before my injury, I used exercise as a major stress reliever; in fact, I can honestly say that joining boot camp probably saved me from loosing my mind. Since my injury, and with the implementation of electronic medical records, the amount of stress I deal with on an average day has increased remarkably. Because I am limited to what I can do physically, I am not yet to the point where my activity level really helps with my stress; granted, the few things I am able to do such as walking and some riding, has definitely helped with mood, I am still struggling to find a way to help with my stress level.
Since starting back on Weight Watchers, it has become clear to me how I have handled stress since my injury. Food and alcohol have been my stress relievers. Over the past few months, after a long day at the office, I have been coming home and heading straight for the refrigerator and grabbing a beer and because of the long hours Kristy and I are both working, we have relied on dining out for our meals. Now that I am on Weight Watchers and am counting every point I put in my mouth, I have decided not to drink alcohol during the week and limited amounts on the weekends and to eat as many meals in the home as possible; however, if we do choose to go out, we try to eat someplace we can make healthy choices.
Since I cannot rely on fitness as a complete stress reliever, I find myself in quite a predicament. Now, when I come home, I go to the refrigerator and just stare and at what I cannot have and find myself getting even more stressed out. I have to find away to relieve stress without turning to food. The one thing I did do was go to my doctor and asked to be put on something temporarily to help me with my anxiety and stress. This is not a long term solution, but at this point, I'll take what I can get.
Hopefully, I'll get to a point soon that I can spend a little more time on my bike and possibly start going to the gym. I know what works, I am just not yet healthy enough to take advantage of it yet.