I had left over chocolate from Valentine’s Day in my desk. It was a Symphony bar. I remember when Hershey first came out with them. I immediately wanted to try them, because it seemed to suit my musical side. I love the chocolate combination that Symphony bar provides: chocolate, almonds, & toffee.
I had a one track mind: MUST EAT CHOCOLATE NOW.
Taking a walk did not even occur to me. Even if it had, it would have seemed impossible in the setting where I work.
Regardless, I ate the first bite quickly, but then slowed down and savored the 3 squares of chocolate I ate. It ended up being a mindful experience.
Yes, I used chocolate to alleviate some stress. However, I did so mindfully. I don’t regret the decision I made to eat the chocolate. I won’t need the chocolate every time. And perhaps one day… a walk will fit the bill.
How do you find relief from stress at work?