Struggling with my sleep patterns and eating.
June 30, 2014 6:29 PM Subscribe
I need help with overcoming my stress in order to start eating and sleeping heathily. What are your hints and tips to get my life back on track?
posted by Ranting Prophet of DOOM! to Health & Fitness (7 answers total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
I've been signed off work due to stress for two months now. I'm struggling to get myself sorted in some ways. I'm struggling with my sleep patterns. At the moment I'm going to bed at around 3 or 4am then waking up 8 hours later. I've always been a night owl and start feeling creative at around 10pm, so lately I've been using the late nights to do writing for a book. When I wake up I feel refreshed as I've had a decent amount of sleep. The only problem is that it feels like half the day has gone, even though I'm still getting 16 hours awake. I also worry because when I return to work I'll have to get up at 7am so I feel like I should be keeping to a more normal sleeping pattern.
The other problem is that I'm struggling to eat properly. I'm struggling to find the inclination to cook. I used to love cooking and enjoyed cooking delicious pasta dishes and stews. Unfortunately a few of my co-workers were dieting at the same time that I was trying to change my eating habbits. So it was a constant barrage of "You'll NEVER lose weight eating pasta!" "I thought you were on a diet!" when mentioning eating a bit of pudding, and "Losing weight is the easy part but can you keep it off" when I mentioned I lost weight. I changed my eating habbits a long time ago and lost 35lbs and kept it off for over 4 years. So I know what to do and how to do it. But the attitude of my co-workers ended up making me not want to cook as I started to feel like everything I was cooking was wrong.
I am also dating someone who is terrible for coming round late so I never know when I'll be eating when he comes over. The other night we ended up eating at 10pm. Often when I'm tired I don't have the energy to cook so we'd end up having junk food. Though now I've taken to getting him to cook dinner when he arrives which is helping somewhat. However he also likes to eat out and often wants something nice after. I've gotten used to this and don't have the will power I had when I was younger. I'm also finding gardening, writing etc to be more enjoyable than cooking so I don't want to stop gardening just to cook something. Plus with the odd hours I'm keeping I'm struggling to know when to cook.
I put on weight due to a combination of a knee and shoulder injury that meant I couldn't exercise like I used to, discovering food I liked (specifically mushrooms mixed with gorgonzola and chorizo on a toasted wholemeal English muffin), going out with my partner, comfort eating due to relationship problems a year ago, and being too tired to cook due to stress at work.
I really want to lose weight and get fit again but I seem to be really struggling with the motivation and will power required. So I was wondering if anyone has any hints and tips to help me sort out my sleep, exercise, and eating habbits.