While eating disorders like anorexia may affect your thinking about body size and eating, it is more than just about food and weight. The truth is, the issues relating to food and weight are symptoms of other issues such as insecurity, depression, and loneliness. People who suffer from anorexia also may also feel out control, with extreme pressures to achieve perfection.
Distraction from Anorexia
Learning more about your condition is one of the first steps in overcoming the condition or getting eating disorder help. With anorexia, you may feel in control or powerful when to starve yourself, over-exercise, or get the best of hunger. You may also feel successful when you shed weight or control your body size. It is also likely that you consider overcoming starvation or hunger pain as something that many people can’t achieve.
The thing is, however, anorexia may just be distracting you from your negative emotions. This is because it causes you to focus or think more about exercising and dieting to the point that you can’t find time to deal with difficult emotions. It is important to note that the feelings your get from starvation and weight are just temporarily. You need to recognize you emotional needs and fulfill it with other ways than starvation.
Learning to Accept Emotions
Mindfulness is also helpful. When negativities start to rule over you, pause and identify your emotions, instead of just restricting yourself to eat. It is also best to accept what you’re feeling, without being too harsh with yourself. You may also benefit from exploring your emotions and realizing that feelings don’t define who you really are.
When you learn to accept your emotions, they will not seem frightening anymore. You will start to realize that negativities are just temporary and you will feel more in control. This, of course, may seem difficult at first, but they are necessary for helping you avoid returning to the eating and weight loss habits that you once used to cope.
The road to recovery starts with learning to tolerate your feelings. Opening up with your friends and families or seeking help from others is also beneficial. Professional help can also help you deal with emotions through therapy to finally overcome anorexia.