Do you ever look down into that empty ice cream carton or bag of chips, and think, “Oh no! I did it again!” If you deal with emotional eating, don’t worry. You’re not alone. Emotional eating affects many people. And as much as you resolve to stop doing it, it can be difficult to break old habits, right? But it’s not just old habits that need to go. Negative beliefs and mental blocks are holding you back, too. And there are many ways to remove these mental blocks. Hypnosis, along with other doable tips, can help you break free.
What is Emotional Eating?
Emotional eating is using food as a solution to emotional upsets and difficult situations. In short, emotional eating is a coping mechanism. Everyone uses coping mechanisms because even if you feel stressed or anxious, you still have to go about your daily duties.
But emotional eating isn’t actually a coping mechanism. It’s a valuable mental thinking signal that something in your life is wrong. It’s like a fever. Fevers are a sign that something is wrong inside your body, and that your body is busy fighting it.
A fever is a natural signal, but emotional eating, on the other hand, isn’t a healthy response. In other words, it’s an unnatural thinking signal.
Mental Blocks Feed Emotional Eating
Emotional eating is how people react (compared with confidently responding to) stress, anxiety, panic and worry. And even if you believe eating food can relieve emotional upset, the truth is food is only used to refuel your body. And, you probably know that after you eat food to soothe an emotional upset, the original problems still remain. What’s more, you can feel guilty, ashamed and defeated because you keep turning to food as a solution to emotional upset.
Maybe you think that if you can just get a grip on your emotions, you can stop reaching for those cookies. But life will always throw curveballs at us. Issues and concerns will always pop up. So, it’s what you think about your mental conflict issues (and yourself!) that makes all the difference. And because many people have mental blocks and limiting beliefs, they also have negative perceptions. And this can trigger emotional eating.
What Mental Blocks Interfere with Your Relationship with Food?
Take a moment to be quiet and still, and ask yourself, “What do I think of myself?” Do you believe you are strong, capable and resilient? And that you can cope with all the issues and concerns that come your way? Or, do you feel overwhelmed and insecure about them? Feelings of self-doubt and low self-worth can make it seem impossible to deal with the ups and downs of life.
Hypnosis can help you get inside your subconscious mind, where these negative and limiting beliefs are stored. With the help of a hypnotist, you can reprogram your mind to think positively and confidently.
We’re usually unaware of the mental blocks we carry around with us. Things like, “I’m not good enough”, “I’m not worthy enough”, or “I don’t have enough”. But we still make decisions based on these self-sabotaging beliefs.
Mental blocks also result from events in the past we perceive as upsetting and can continue to influence our actions. Your subconscious mind has so much impact on how you perceive your life situation. That’s why hypnosis is such a wonderful healing method. With it, you can uncover your self-sabotaging mental blocks and be free of them.
Empowering Tips to Overcome Emotional Eating
As we’ve learned, emotional eating is both a perceived coping mechanism and a signal that something is wrong. Since difficulties and emotional upsets are inevitable, why not learn how to create mentally healthier coping mechanisms that change your behavior? Here are some tips to help you deal with emotional eating.
Meditation promotes self-awareness and stillness. These are wonderful skills to develop because they support you in overcoming emotional eating. Meditation allows you to observe your thoughts and your emotions. It allows you to create space between you and your emotions. Meditation helps you stop identifying who you are with the issues you have.
In our fast-paced world, there aren’t many opportunities to reflect, or come face-to-face with deeply-held beliefs. Journaling is a special time for you to encounter your thoughts and beliefs. It gives you clarity on what’s troubling you. It is a time to pamper yourself and give much needed self-care. And when you know what’s bothering you, you can free yourself of it, instead of heading to the fridge.
- Love and Respect Your Body
Your body does its very best to carry you through life. Practice cultivating greater love and respect for it. You can do this by repeating positive affirmations and doing self-care activities. And when you respect your body’s nutritional needs, you’ll begin to see food as fuel instead of a solution to negative emotions.
Don’t be discouraged if you deal with emotional eating. It’s just a sign that you need to break free from some limiting, mental blocks. And these tips are a great place to start.