This is the 1st of 3 guest posts by Colette Baron-Reid. Her new book, Weight Loss for People Who Feel Too Much, will be available on January 1, 2013.
Could it be the third brownie? Perhaps it’s that second helping of gooey lasagna. What about the fact that you are standing guard at the buffet table eating just one cracker and cheese appetizer at a time, but with the frequency and consistency of an assembly line robot? Surely these actions are not contributing to your weight gain? Yes, they probably are, but at a deeper level, your excess weight may have very little to do with food!
In recent years, scientists such as Bruce Lipton, PhD, and Candace Pert, PhD, have alerted us to the actual physiological changes that occur in our cells and our bodies as a result of our thoughts and emotions. It makes sense that our fat can start with fear, anger, or an unwillingness to let go of emotions and thoughts that affect us on a physiological level.
People who are exquisitely sensitive, who feel more deeply and experience other people’s emotions as their own, often have quite a struggle losing weight and keeping it off. Could it be that the wonderful quality of empathy, which allows them to truly feel other people’s pain and express compassion, is a major factor in their weight problems?
Feeling too much is all about the ability to sense the world beyond your own personal boundaries, and becoming overwhelmed not just by your own feelings—we all know about that—but also by feelings that don’t belong to you, that are “out there” in the environment. Although that ability to connect can be a great asset, it can also make you fat.
So what can you do, right now, today? Move. I’m not talking about joining a gym and working out for hours each day. (Thank goodness, right?) Start by not sitting all day long. You must move to move the energy—you will not experience the relief from empathy overload when you are sedentary. Just spending five minutes walking or exercising outdoors can improve your mood.
Movement is especially important when you’re feeling angry or anxious. Try just a short, brisk walk, a quick swim, some yoga moves, or enjoy a few minutes spent dancing vigorously to your favorite songs. Strong emotions dissipate more easily when you move your body. Physical exercise is proven to improve the emotional well-being of everyone, as it releases the excess energies accumulated throughout the day.
If you know you need support with setting healthy boundaries, order my book and you will receive a free online home study class with a support forum called Jump Start that will give you wonderful guided meditations to help reduce stress and manage your emotions as well as a community forum that includes trained coaches and past participants to help you! (You might even drop a few pounds too!)
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