I really, really, really want a cigarette.
I'm frustrated, angry, and bored at my job and I want a break from this place and what we do here. I want an occupation that matches my vocation (& I want some confidence as to what exactly that may be). I want out of a sales environment. I want in to something that engages my whole mind and my heart. In the absence of smoking I want lollipops, M&Ms, gum... Instead I'm grazing on pea pods.
What I'm noticing:
Yup, squelch those unruly thoughts and emotions with food. Because there's no time or space right now to solve practical problems or dream new ways of living. Nose to the grindstone, my time is not my own, let's see some productivity for these hours at the office.
What I'm doing:
I made a fresh cup of tea and headed out to my stoop by the butt can. I gave myself a few moments to think my own thoughts and calm down. One of the smoking clique members joined me and we chatted and laughed a little. Somewhat restored, I came back in to my desk.
Is that there are healthy and worse ways to experience emotions and thoughts, even big ones. And I do get to choose what to do once I feel a particular feeling. It's ok to feel it. For me, it's good to feel it, even when it's uncomfortable. And even in a place that feels unsupportive at times I can find my niche and nooks of security to pause for a few minutes and recognize the feelings. Maybe jot them down to be wrangled with later. But I can do this without hurting myself with food that does me only harm not health. Because I want to live healthy both in regards to my feelings and to my food.