The Top Three Valentine's Day Pitfalls
How to withstand all the pressure and hype.
Posted Feb 14, 2011
(1) The Food Trap This is a special time, with rich, chocolatey food and bubbly, fizzy drinks, so eat something special or taste a few favorites, but do some anticipatory planning. Tthink about your choices and food goals before you get into the tempting situation. Regardless of whether you're going out with friends, on a special date, or are home alone watching tv, food temptations will shout out at you. Once you're sitting at the restaurant table or on your couch with the ads playing, it is extremely hard to resist temptation if you haven't mentally prepared yourself. Practice positive self-talk, reminding yourself of the importance of making healthy choices, why you want to stay slim or lose weight, and your ability to stick with your food plan. Give yourself permission to enjoy some good quality food with pleasure without feeling guilty or ashamed. Both avoiding excessive eating and enjoying the food you do eat are part of healthy, mindful self-care.
(2) The Shopping Trap This time of year, retailers offer both deep discounts on sale items and cutesy, cosy valentine's clothing. Sleepwear and kids sparkly outfits are a particular temptation. In all of this sensory stimulation, its easy to get carried away and exceed your budget, potentially leading to debt that will take the next year to pay off. Advertisers and stores know how to pull the emotional strings to get the pursestrings to open. They display idealized images of romance, friendship, and fun, and celebration. In reality, not everybody is in a loving relationship or has a bunch of girlfriends and resources to go out partying. We may have to settle for watching Sex in the City reruns and celebrating with virtual girlfriends.
Copyright by Melanie A Greenberg, Ph.D. http://melaniegreenbergphd.com/marin-psychologist/.