I have had a multitude of unhealthy coping mechanisms throughout my leadership career. I am a stress eater. I reward myself for a great day with food, and I comfort myself on a bad day with food.
Food, Food, Food. Sometimes our unhealthy coping mechanisms are completely socially appropriate, and sometimes they are not. Compulsive spending, smoking, swearing, and sarcasm.......as well as caffeine consumption so much so that you forget there are other fluids on Earth to drink.
Why do we do this to ourselves? Isn't life and leadership stressful enough without adding an unhealthy coping mechanism?