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Are you struggling with an overactive mind that leads to emotional eating and weight cycling?


You are not alone. Many people turn to food as a way to cope with difficult emotions. Emotional eating can be a challenging habit to break, but it is possible. In this blog post, we will discuss how to calm an overactive mind and create a connection to emotional eating.


What is an overactive mind?

An overactive mind is a state where your thoughts are racing, and you feel overwhelmed. It can be challenging to focus on anything else when your mind is in this state. An overactive mind can lead to anxiety, stress, and other emotions, which are harder to navigate.


How to calm an overactive mind and reduce emotional eating


Meditation

Meditation is a powerful tool that can help calm an overactive mind. It involves focusing your attention on your breath or a specific object. Meditation can help you become more aware of your thoughts and feelings, which can help you manage them better. Start with a few minutes a day. Find a special and quiet space in your house, unplug from electronics, focus on your breathing and practice being present.

Meditation is not simply sitting in a blissful state - It means witnessing what is, observing our thoughts and noticing the sensations in our body. The practice involves labeling the sensations objectively, and then coming back to the breath, gently... over and over again.


Exercise

Gentle movement is an excellent way to reduce stress and anxiety. It releases endorphins, which are natural mood boosters. Exercise can also help you focus your mind on something other than your thoughts. It doesn't have to be 30 minutes or one hour at a time. A 15-minute walk after dinner, parking your car farther away or finding a walking buddy are great ways to insure that you are getting more movement in.


Journaling

Writing down your thoughts and feelings can be a helpful way to calm an overactive mind. It can help you process your emotions and gain clarity on your thoughts. Buy yourself a beautiful journal and have it handy throughout the day (o record your thoughts using your phone.) At night, write down three things you are grateful for, three things you are proud of and revisit your favorite moment of the day. Do this for three months and notice how your sense of wellbeing shifts.


Deep breathing

Deep breathing is a simple technique that can help you calm your mind and reduce stress. It involves taking slow, deep breaths and focusing on your breath. You can practice this anywhere: While waiting for the stop light to turn green, while standing in line at the grocery store or while being on hold on the phone. These moments are not wasted times, they are opportunities for us to slow down and take a few deep breaths.


Emotional eating and how to address it

Emotional eating is a common habit that many people struggle with. It involves using food as a way to cope with difficult emotions. Emotional eating can lead to weight gain, a feeling of being out of control. I invite you to immediately drop self-judgement, such as shame or guilt. Start by accepting that emotions are messengers. Emotional eating has gotten you through tough times in the past.


If you are struggling with emotional eating, here are some tips to help you stop:


1. Identify your triggers

Identify the emotions or situations that trigger your emotional eating. Once you know your triggers, you can develop strategies to manage them. Of course, this process takes time and needs a compassionate non-judgmental approach - so you can let go of eating instead of feeling over time.


2. Find alternative coping mechanisms

Find healthy ways to cope with difficult emotions. This could include exercise, meditation, journaling, or talking to a friend.


3. Practice mindfulness

Mindfulness involves being present in the moment and focusing on your thoughts and feelings without judgment. It can help you become more aware of your emotions and reduce the urge to eat emotionally.


If you are struggling with emotional eating, I can help you develop strategies to manage your emotions and break the cycle of emotional eating and weight cycling.


I look forward to connecting with you and supporting you on your journey!


Warmly,

Petra




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