Self esteem comes from enjoying the triumph of having small accomplishments. When you take steps to change things in your life that bug you, you reinforce a message that you are worth it and that you value your peace of mind and happiness. That’s when food loses it’s place in the emotional tug of war, putting you in control, not the food.

All too often we fall into patterns of tolerating things in our life that displease, bug and annoy us. Whether they are a leaky faucet, a disorganized closet, a broken bathroom tile, a dirty kitchen or a jacket in need of mending, the effect on your psyche is the same. If you consent to live with these irritations, knowing full well that you do so at the risk of your comfort and peace of mind, then they have control over you. You are at their mercy.

When you find yourself trying to ignore the upset that you feel, living with these little buggers, sends a message to your brain that you are not worthy of having more. Ignoring these frustrations, can feed into a negative self image.

That’s when you may become complacent and cajole yourself into believing that you are being too picky or difficult to focus on such small things. You don’t want to rock the boat and be a pain to make something an issue if its’ not. “Let’s let sleeping dogs lie”, you may say. But if it’s bugging you, it’s not contributing to your happiness, it’s making you miserable.

You owe it to yourself to handle the little irritations that annoy you, because if you don’t they will eat at you until you do. Before you know it, you’re eating more than you want to or picking at the frosting of a donut that you realized you don’t even like.

Look around at your life and reassess it. Notice what irritates you and causes you frustration. Go throughout every room of your home and office and make a list of what bugs you.

Is it an overflowing closet that you avoid opening or perhaps a crooked picture that doesn’t hang straight on your wall? Start to take note of the things in your life that you have been saying, “Oh, it’s okay, I can live with it.”

Make a list of 100 of those things and each day commit to doing one small thing to eradicate those bullying buggers.