Changing our financial situation is a long term process not at all different from changing our weight. I know that my immediate feelings of anxiousness will be much better dealt with by taking some other action. Everyday I have to make choices that will keep me pointed toward my goals of improved health and lower weight. It costs me no money to exercise and it makes as big of an impact on my mental health as my physical wellbeing. I can also play with my son, engage with friends, listen to music, or tackle a creative project around the house. All of these activities keep my mind and body working in a positive way while crowding out negative feelings.
Today I am going to channel my anxiousness into food, not eating but cooking. My kitchen is full of beautiful ingredients that I am going to use to transform our remaining turkey into delicious soups. The activity will allow me to feel productive and provide for our family. One of the things I love about making soup is using spices. Even the most basic of ingredients become a fancy meal when they are all spiced up. The smells and colors will delight my senses while I cook and be delicious when we eat them.
By making soup I can take the food we have in the house and stretch it by freezing what we won't eat right away. Working in my cozy kitchen is a great way to pass the afternoon and will help us stay on track both physically and fiscally.