Friday, March 18, 2011

Senses

I found this interesting, so I wanted to share it with others in hopes of enriching other's lives as much as I hope it does with mine.  So it was suggested to me yesterday that when I want to eat food, but I know I'm not hungry, that some need is not being met.  Since we have 5 senses, try out another sense rather than taste and see if it helps curb the initial reaction.

Sight - I am now on a quest to make sure I have beautiful things to look at throughout the day.  I decided last night that as long as I'm in the same classroom next year, I'm going to paint this summer to make it a happy place for me.  My home is relatively good that way, but I've been itching to paint something (I just can't motivate myself to go through with it.).


Smell - Since I spend a majority of my day in the classroom, I think I'm going to go to Bath & Body Works and pick up a few more room scent sprays.  I love the 2 I have and realized I don't use them near enough.  I need variety, and I thought this would be a perfect way to increase my smelling sense!


Sound - I think I do a fairly good job of this one. I listen to upbeat music while I'm at the gym. I'm probably damaging my ears, but sometimes I think, the louder it is, the faster I go. LOL



Touch - this one is a little trickier.  I went to bed last night thinking of my sheets and how much I love them.  I also love our bed, it is like a giant marshmallow!  I also need to do a better job of going and getting massages since our insurance covers them.  I need to remember to get hugs often as well, cause sometimes the eating that comes from insecurity could be remedied with just a simple hug.


And lastly, Taste- if I really DO want something, I won't deny myself, but what I DO choose to eat will be high quality, and eaten slowly so that I can enjoy every single part of it.  I would be crazy to down a box of expensive chocolate without savoring every little drop!



So there you have it- my new goal....to stimulate other senses in attempts to rid myself of the habit of always going to food for comfort and safety.

4 comments:

Suki said...

I've never thought of that before. Thanks for sharing! A balance of the senses makes perfect sense. (haha... no pun intended. really!)

Michele said...

Or just sit in a box. That usually works for me.

Monica said...

Good advice! My friend and I do this yoga video where at one point the woman says, when you reach for food, what are you really hungry for? It might be food but it might be a nap, laughter, or downtime. Very true, I think...

Jen said...

Decided I would actually start leaving comments. That's a great idea! We'll try that over here. Oh, and that chocolate looks like it should come with a velvet rope and a guard.