Some people from my church get together once a week and we discuss issues we have surrounding food and exercise. During this week's meeting we were discussing the idea of emotional eating and how we use food as a reward at the end of the day or as a tool to help us relax. During this conversation, it hit me that my pattern throughout my life has been the same - just with different means of execution.
In my earlier years, I would go out at night and smoke marijuana or drink in order to wind down. Once I stopped that, I continued smoking cigarettes - the majority of which were consumed at night. I quit smoking and have since packed on quite a few extra pounds because now, as I've discussed here in the past, when I sit down to chill out at night, food is my go to thing to do. Sometimes I eat when I'm not even hungry - I do it just because I feel like I need to reward myself with something that I find enjoyable and relaxing.
There used to be a time when I would find sitting down to read a good fiction book a reward. I would look forward to it and hurry to finish things just so I could get back to it. Now - I just fall asleep. So I need something that engages my mind and my hands. I've had crocheting suggested to me, and I'm not ruling it out, but I'm not sure I'm the crocheting type.
I'm on the prowl. I'm going to try my hand at a few things and see how it goes.
Anyone have any good how to books about becoming a mime?