Feeling Stuck or Overwhelmed?

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fear is the glue that keeps you stuckWhen you get into feeling stuck and down on yourself about your body, it is like having your feet in quicksand; the more you flail around the deeper you go.  This can lead to inertia, depression and despair.

Use Mindfulness To Get Unstuck

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Change Your Thinking: Startle Yourself with Surprises![end-div]One step towards moving out of the quicksand is looking at what has you stuck straight in the eye with this mindfulness tool. I cannot say it better, so I quote here my hero, Bill O’Hanlon, positive psychologist, from his book, Do One Thing Different, in the section (p.58) entitled:  Acknowledgment, Method 1, Acknowledge Your Own Experience, Feelings and Self:

[quote]Acknowledgment has great power. Merely acknowledge and accept as valid everything that goes on inside you and how you are. To acknowledge means to notice and allow whatever is there to be there.[/quote]

Acknowledge And Let It Be

Instead of trying to get rid of it, hide it, analyze it, or judge it, just let it be. Rather than thinking you have to do something about it, just let yourself be aware of it.

Whatever fantasies, thoughts, feelings sensations, or perceptions you have, accept them as they are.  You don’t have to like them-just accept that it is what’s happening for you at this time.”

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Low Self Esteem Getting You Down?[end-div]In other words, by acknowledging the obstacles that keep you from moving forward the first step towards unstuckness. So whether it is your body or feeling overwhelmed that has trapped you in stuckness, self-acknowledgement is a way you can observe yourself without judgment. A gentle ear, an open heart and a perspective of witnessing will pave the way to self-acknowledgement.

What is one way you can take time to tune into yourself and acknowledge you?

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Marsha Hudnall, MS, RDN, CD

Marsha has been a guiding force at Green Mountain at Fox Run since 1986. In addition to overseeing a professional program that helps women establish sustainable approaches to healthy living, she is a respected thought leader when it comes to managing eating, emotions and weight. She has been a voice of reason for the last three decades in helping people move away from diets, an area in which she is personally as well as professionally versed. An accomplished writer and speaker, Marsha is the author of six books, including the online course Disordered Eating in Active and Sedentary Individuals (co-authored by Karin Kratina, PhD, RD, Human Kinetics), What You Need to Know about Carbohydrates (Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics [The Academy]), What You Need to Know about Vitamin and Mineral Supplements (The Academy), and The Pregnancy Cookbook (co-authored by Donna Shields, RD, Berkeley Publishing). She has worked extensively on a national basis to educate the public about nutrition and the impact of dieting on eating behaviors, including binge eating and emotional eating. Active in many organizations helping to further the cause of health and wellness, Marsha currently serves as vice chair of the Binge Eating Disorder Association and vice president of The Center for Mindful Eating and has been active in the Association for Size Diversity and Health in support of Health at Every Size(R) principles.

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