Until about six months ago I was a binge eater. When the stress and anxiety got to be too much, I would eat and eat and eat. Because of my struggle with Type 2 Diabetes, I have been teaching my brain to understand that eating will not help my stress and will actually make it worse. As I have gradually changed my diet I have noticed the cravings for those foods I used to binge are pretty much gone.
Unfortunately, I recently recognized what I was using to replace binge eating . . . binge buying . . . but it had to be on sale. I spent a ridiculous (for me) amount of money of craft supplies and groceries and eating out for a while. Anyone who knows me knows I am not a shopper. In fact on the list of things to do, shopping would usually be at the very bottom of the list and only if I couldn't find someone else to do my shopping for me. A few weeks ago I became aware of this new bad habit while standing in a lady's basement buying even more craft supplies I didn't need.
I am hoping increasing the amount of crafting and scrapbooking I do will become my new source of anxiety relief. I know I will feel better as I use up all the paper and embellishments and aida cloth and inks and on and on that I have purchased recently.