A bag of potato chips and chocolate chip cookies don’t fix anything for me anymore. Never mind that they are all-natural and gluten free respectively -- that’s how they trick you. I reached for them today when the dogs got into a fight; a whole computer system came up missing from my computer class; and the much-needed rains that fell in California flooded the house. Given the circumstances, no one blamed me for exercising my usual hand-to-mouth reflex.
However, AFTER eating as much as I could of both, my more recently acquired reflexes showed up. NOW I remember how to resist the cookies and chips trap: create a space between the thought and the action.
Stop. Hold off. Breathe. Inhale through the nose. Exhale through the mouth. Lengthen through the spine (shoulders back, chest up, belly in). Calm your insides (body). Calm your thoughts (mind). Calm your breath (spirit).
I finally found that by doing any one of these in any sequence, I can make better choices than chips and cookies when dealing with my daily challenges.
Create a space; move into that space; THEN move forward.