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Anxiety and Overeating- You Don't Need To Be Embarrassed.

The Intricate Connection Between Anxiety and Overeating

There is a profound link between anxiety and overeating that can often go unnoticed. This article aims to shed light on this connection and provide strategies for managing both these issues.

Understanding the Link

Anxiety can be a significant driver for overeating. It triggers our fight or flight response, often leading to an increased appetite and a tendency to reach for comfort foods. Simultaneously, overeating can enhance feelings of guilt and unease, further escalating anxiety levels. This creates a vicious cycle that can be challenging to break.

Managing Anxiety and Overeating

  1. Embrace Self-Compassion

One of the first steps in breaking this cycle is changing the way we treat ourselves. Berating ourselves for not being perfect or for giving into the urge to overeat only fuels anxiety. Instead, embrace self-compassion. Be kind to yourself. Accept that everyone has moments of weakness and that one instance of overeating does not define your worth or your journey towards a healthier lifestyle.

Engage in Hobbies

Overeating is often a coping mechanism for boredom or a quest for joy. Engaging in hobbies that bring you happiness can reduce reliance on food for that sense of joy. Whether it's reading a book, painting, hiking, or any activity that you love, make time for it. You'll find that as your life becomes more enriched with these activities, the need to overeat diminishes.

Acknowledge Your Feelings

We often use food as a tool to bury our feelings, particularly those we perceive as negative or uncomfortable. This not only leads to overeating but also results in feelings of guilt and shame. Instead, practice acknowledging your feelings. Accept that it's okay to feel anxious or upset. By acknowledging these feelings instead of suppressing them with food, you can reduce overeating triggered by anxiety.

The next time you feel anxious and find yourself reaching for that extra snack, pause. Acknowledge your feelings and choose self-compassion. Remember, it's not about being perfect but about being better than you were yesterday. If you need additional support, don't hesitate to reach out to a professional. You're not alone in this journey, and there is help available.

If you are curious about taking both a body and mind approach to your recovery, particularly if you experience intrusive physical anxiety symptoms, you might consider reaching out so I can guide you and teach you how to finally TRUST your body to get you out of your anxiety and panic for good. Click this link to book a free consultation call with me. 

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