Negative self talk, body hate, and being overwhelmed are common feelings for women who use food to cope.
Sometimes it’s hard to imagine that anything can change, that you can stop emotional eating, that you can change your eating patterns. We use food in so many different ways, but one we have been discussing at Green Mountain at Fox Run recently is using food to manage stress. We live in a climate of stimulation, busyness, never enough, the faster the better.
So when all the sh#@%t hits the fan — too much stress, feeling fat, and stuck at home — what is there to do?
Tune into your thinking and move into the mindful moment. Many women tell me that they just don’t have any energy to take action on behalf of themselves. They have given all their life juice to work or to others or to anything but themselves.
Here are some strategies that allow you to feel good in the moment, even when the sh**&$t is hitting the fan….
- Take a deep belly-filling breath…then take another one.
- With intention, wash your hands to self soothe.
- Change your thinking…say Even when everything feels bad, I can notice one thing new, and appreciate one small success today.
- Add compassionate talk…say May I be kind to myself in this moment.
The last time you experienced a stressful time, what did you do to feel better in the moment?