“Worrying is using your imagination to create what you don’t want.”
I’m a worrier and it’s no wonder because I hail from a long line of worriers. I’ve worried about my weight, about what I’m going to eat and what others think of my body. Are you a worrier too? What do you worry about?
During my own recovery from Binge-Eating Disorder, studying for my Emotional Eating Certification and reading tons of books on spirituality, I’ve come to realize that worrying is not healing the very things you’re worrying about and the quote above states this perfectly.
Worrying is a normal part of life, right? Well, yes and no. We need to think about potential pitfalls so we can avoid them but we need to be mindful of not letting these thoughts invade our mind to become negative beliefs. On the other hand, constant worry about the same things day in and day out has the potential to become a self-fulfilled prophecy. We’re actually manifesting our worry into reality. Who wants that? After all, we’re worrying to avoid the situation about which we’re worried!
When it comes to weight, eating and body image, we’re in a constant state of worry. We’re negatively focusing and worrying over how much we weigh, what diet we’ll try next, if we’ll get into that “skinny” outfit for the big event next month, if we can attract a significant other or get the dream job. Whatever you focus on grows so worrying attracts that which you don’t want.
Here are 3 things you can do to stop worrying!
- Write a list of your chronic worries.
- For every worry on the list, write something for which you are grateful. For example, “I’m too fat” turns into “I’m so grateful that I have the opportunity to get to know my body better in order to achieve a healthier weight.”
- Practice, practice, practice! This is not an easy shift to make when we’ve been mired in worried, negative thoughts for years. It takes effort to think about life differently because the comfort of beating ourselves up through worrying about our weight, eating and bodies is familiar and what we’ve been conditioned to do. Read the lists you’ve made in steps 1 and 2 daily until the worry starts to lift and becomes a manifestation of the positive. Don’t worry if it takes time for this practice to become habit!
It’s unreasonable to expect that we will never worry again. But, we can channel that worry into something positive that can heal our relationship with weight, food, our bodies and even other areas of our life. Eventually, your worries will decrease and you’re life will be happier, more fulfilled and with a lot less frown lines 😉
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