All You Need to Know About Eating Disorders

We live in a strange world. It seems that everyone has to be skinny to be beautiful. And the constant popping up of new trendy diets (usually bad diets) almost every week that promises you’ll lose weight fast, it might seem anyone can lose weight quickly and without much efforts. The problem with these diets is that they tend to be ineffective and they might even be dangerous for your health, both on short and long term.

There are many products in the market, and many marketing campaigns designed exactly to convince you to give these products and diets a try. From diet pills, juice cleanses, lists of good foods vs. bad foods for weight loss, to supplements that replace or boost natural ingredients. And what may simply start as a way to lose just a few pounds, it may quickly turn out into an eating disorder.

Eating disorders are very serious and can, in some cases, even cause death. They cause severe problems to your eating behaviors and they need to be treated.

Eating disorders are more commonly developed during teenage and young adult years, and they are more common among girls and women. Although no one knows exactly what causes them, researchers believe it’s a mix of behavioral, biological, psychological, genetic, and social factors. They also usually coexist with depression, trouble coping with emotions, anxiety, low self-esteem and substance abuse.

There are some signs and symptoms people experience when they have an eating disorder:

* Continue with a strict diet even when they are already underweight;
* If someone keeps gaining and losing weight, constantly;
* When someone is obsessed with calorie counting;
* Some people just cut their food into tiny little pieces and avoid eating when they are with others. This might be another sign of an eating disorder;
* If they try to avoid family and friends; they just tend to become isolated;
* When people are depressed.

This might help you find out if someone you know has this problem and helping him/her look for a treatment.

When you hear about eating disorders, there are mainly three that are referred: anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder.

* Anorexia Nervosa:

When someone has anorexia nervosa, they usually see themselves as overweight, even if they are under-weight. You can identify this mental illness if you notice the person just keeps weighting, eat a small amount of food and are very pick with certain foods.

Anorexia nervosa can cause menstruation to stop, loss of skin integrity, bone loss, and even increases the heart problems risk. It has the highest mortality rate amid all mental disorders and it’s not only because of complications associated with starvation. On extreme situations anorexia can be the cause that leads to suicide.

* Bulimia Nervosa:

When someone has bulimia nervosa, they usually eat a lot of food, and just can’t help themselves. After that, they feel so guilty about what they’ve done and just force vomiting. Others even go further: they practice too much exercise, take diuretics and laxatives, or a combination of both.

The problem in recognizing someone suffers from bulimia nervosa is that these people usually maintain their weight. So, unless you are around them for long periods during the day, you might not even be aware they have this problem.

* Binge Eating Disorder:

Binge eating disorder is related with bulimia nervosa. The difference is that when someone suffers from binge eating, they just eat without having any control. But they won’t vomit or take any medicine after it. So, they are usually obese or over-weight.

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The Three Most Common Reasons For Overeating

For overeaters, food is both the cure and the curse. The cure in that overeating helps temporarily quiet negative emotions; and the curse in that a considerable amount of negative emotions stem from being overweight in the first place.

We can think of food and overeating, then, as both a cure for the symptom, and a symptom of the problem. Or, more simply: eating makes you feel better and worse all at the same time.

And that’s an exhausting cycle to be in.

It might help, then, to understand just why you overeat in the first place. Over the last three decades of treating overeaters I’ve discovered three common reasons. These are the big three that many overeaters claim to feel constrained by in their lives:

1. Self-doubt.
2. Disappointment at how your life is turning out.
3. Fear of trying because you might fail or things might not turn out perfectly.

It’s these reasons that will need to be addressed if you are to control overeating. And, naturally, the degree of each will occur differently in different people.

If you’re already identifying with one or more of these reasons, that’s great, you have your starting point. If not, then perhaps none of them apply to you. Or, perhaps you just need more time to sit and think about your overeating and the situations and emotions that turn you to food.

Remember: be patient with yourself. This is about progress; not perfection. You are not perfect, and you never will be. You are progress, though, and you can always be progressing… improving your life, your health and your spirit each day. Progress is real. Progress is achievable. Progress is what we are interested in here.

An interesting thing that can happen as you give more thought to your overeating is your urge to eat may actually increase at first. The reason for this is simple: as an overeater, you’ve made food a mental mechanism, meaning: the minute you start feeling emotional discomfort, your body asks for food.

Please also remember, then, that the increased urge to eat is very normal at this stage and should in no way deter you from continuing to examine your overeating. Think of it instead as a green light. A confirmation that you’ve touched on something very important, and a real opportunity for growth and change.

This process is challenging. You may have been stuffing down negative emotions with food for many years, and if so, it’s going to take time to reverse the pattern. Ironically, this is where the first and third reasons can immediately kick in i.e. Self-doubt at your ability to ever control overeating; and fear of even trying because you might fail or things might not turn out perfectly.

Yes, we all have a little voice inside our heads that forecasts nothing but cloudy skies and showers. But, to walk around under an umbrella and heavy coat each day would only prevent us from ever looking up and seeing the sun.

Roger Gould, M.D.

Psychiatrist & Associate Clinical Professor, UCLA

One of the world’s leading authorities on emotional eating and adult development Author & Creator of Shrink Yourself

Shrink Yourself uncovers the issues behind your emotional eating, then provides you with the tools to handle them, leaving you with the ability to eat for health and simple pleasure again, and in control of your weight for good.

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How to Recover From Anorexia and Bulimia Nervosa

Anorexia is an eating disorder when people starve themselves. Usually, anorexia begins around onset puberty. On this age young girls are very vulnerable and concerned about their body shape. Simple careless word “you look fat!” may be the reason why girls stop eating. More to say, individuals, suffering from anorexia become very skinny, but think that they are overweight.

Bulimia is an eating disorder, when person eats too much food in a short amount of time and then try to prevent weight gain by purging (throw up or taking laxatives). Bulimia may be very harmful to body: teeth become yellow and sensitive to cold or hot, skin becomes dry, irregular period and etc.

It’s important to find out that person has anorexia or bulimia and give him a professional help.
First of all, it is important to recognize the symptoms of anorexia or bulimia in oneself or others around us. It may be difficult to do but you should be very critical if a person loses a lot of weight in a short period of time without any physical disorder. Since people who suffer from eating disorders deny they have a problem it might be very hard to persuade them to get some help. It is very important to admit to the problem if you actually suffer with bulimia or anorexia. There are many self-help books try to find the solution.

There are professional ways to help anorexia and bulimia sufferers. All the treatment methods may be classified into three groups:

1) diet regulation;

2) medications;

3) Psychotherapy — both individual and family therapy.

Diet regulation is firstly important to anorexics. This method of treatment is usually used in combination with psychotherapy. It is important to increase the number of calories consumed everyday — starting with 1500 kcal per day up to 3500 – 4000 kcal per day. Individual as well as family or group therapy might help both anorexics and bulimia sufferers. There are special centers for treatment of eating disorders where anorexia and bulimia sufferers spend 24 hours a day until they recover.

Bear in mind that recovery may take a while since the problems are very deep beneath. To some, eating disorders may persist for years and may reoccur after treatment. However, it is very important to treat anorexia and bulimia, because these diseases may lead to serious physical complications and even death.

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Compulsive Eating and Binge Eating Disaster Plan

Congratulations on waking up each morning and greeting the day with renewed determination! Perhaps you rise and say, “Today is the day – I will make it through the entire day sticking to my diet and weight loss goals.” What a wonderful, optimistic way to begin a fresh day. Ahead of you lies the promise of a new day, a fresh start.

Sometimes though, as experience has shown, good intentions alone are not enough to overpower food cravings of the urge to binge. Willpower alone is not enough to overcome the desire to comfort eat, binge, or compulsively overeat. This is where positive desire needs to be coupled with a sound action plan. What provides empowerment is a predetermined, personalized plan of action. You need an individual plan that you carefully think out ahead of time and then write down.

Think about it – when was the last time you ‘easily’ sidestepped a binge or craving? Or ‘effortlessly’ drove past the fast food restaurant when you were feeling stressed, depressed, tired, or bored? Chances are your urge to eat was so strong that it blocked out all rational, goal-oriented thought. In a moment of crisis, willpower and optimistic intentions seem to disappear.

Believe it or not, the part of you that woke up this morning and firmly stated that today was going to be a success, is still there. A part of you does still want to make it through the day without overeating. Hidden somewhere behind your overwhelming urge to eat is that aspect of you that was so confident earlier. It is going to be your job to go looking for it and to bring it back to the forefront. For this, you are going to need some tools in your toolbox.

When you are in the midst of a crisis is no time to be gathering new tools. Instead, during strong and confident times is when it is time to prepare. That way, when you need them they are already there. You will just have to open the box and dig them out when needed. Use the guidelines below to prepare your personal plan of action to bypass a possible binge or craving.

Pre-Binge Planning

Once you are in the midst of a crisis, it is often impossible to view what is going on objectively. Overwhelmed by the desire to eat, it is difficult to gain the perspective needed to seek out alternative actions. Quite possibly, eating is your familiar way of coping with what’s going on, so the urge may be intense. With such a powerful desire to eat and cope with the little picture of what is going on in your world, your mind is not going to be focused enough to recall your big picture plans. What you need is a written strategy that can take you out of the short-term crisis and eating behaviors, and back into the passion of your long-range personal goals.

A. Crisis Strategy List

Develop a list of things you can do, or have done in the past, to overcome the need to eat. When a crisis moment hits, you can decide which category or categories of ideas might help you through the moment. Include ideas in all the following categories:

Distraction Strategies

Ideas that bring pleasure and/or distance from food. Examples might include craft hobbies, walking, cleaning house, planting in garden, etc.

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Behavior Strategies

Options that help you deal with your environment. These strategies might include drinking water to see if you were really thirsty instead of hungry, throwing away the tempting food, inviting a friend over, etc.

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Self-Soothing and Comforting Strategies

Instead of using to food to calm or feel better, what are other ways that you can soothe your body, mind, and soul? Examples could include a warm and fragrant bath, deep breathing, yoga, peaceful music, or going to the park to watch the trees and feel the wind.

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Emotional Needs Strategies

Find alternative ways to first identify and then cope with the underlying emotion you might be feeling. Talk to a friend or counselor, journal, or sit with the emotion. These are just a few ways of dealing with an emotion instead of eating to suppress it.

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After your list is completed, keep it in a place where you can easily get to it when needed (i.e. purse, refrigerator, etc.). Revise or update your list as needed.

B. Phone List

It is also important to reach out during times of crisis. During moments of urgency we often feel scared, alone, and out of control. Reaching out to someone during this time can help to relieve some of the distress that you may be having. Having someone to talk to can sometimes prevent a slip or setback. In addition, talking to someone about your feelings can remind you that others care for you and that you are not alone. Write down names and numbers of compassionate, understanding people you can reach out to and feel supported. While it may initially be difficult to “reach out and touch someone,” it will gradually become easier. The person that you call will be glad that you trusted them enough to lean on them during a tough time.

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C. Personal Mantra

Develop a short one or two line statement that is meaningful to you. Take some time with this one and write a powerful and meaningful statement that resonates within you. This sentence is something that brings you back to the larger picture, and helps remind you that you are capable of taking a breath and making a new choice. When crisis occurs, read and repeat your statement until you can feel the truth of it inside of your very body.

Examples:

I have the strength to stand strong for everything I believe in.

I have the ability to change anything in my life that I choose to change.

I take complete responsibility for my life.

Everyday in every way I am growing more and more confident.

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Begin developing your own personalized strategy now. Don’t worry if it’s not perfect or if you’re not sure if the ideas you write down will work. This is an ongoing plan that you will revise and continue to fine tune. No one strategy works in every situation. Look at your past successes and begin to note what occasionally worked. Also notice what did not work. Follow this basic outline and give yourself the extra support you need to avert a binge and create the wonderful outcome you desire.

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Eating Disorders and Their Symptoms

Eating disorders are a group of serious conditions in which you’re so anxious about food and body weight that you can often focus on little more else. The main important types of eating disorders are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge-eating problem.

Eating conditions can cause serious physical issues and, at most serious can even be life-threatening. Most individuals with eating conditions are women, but men can also have eating conditions. An exemption is binge-eating problem, which seems to impact almost as many men as women.

Eating conditions symptoms differ with the particular type of eating conditions.

1. Anorexia nervosa:
When you have anorexia therapy, you’re enthusiastic about foods and being slim, sometimes to the factor of dangerous self-starvation.

Anorexia warning symptoms may include:
• An extreme fear of gaining weight
• Irritability
• Thin appearance
• Abdominal pain
• Low hypertension
• Dehydration

2. Bulimia nervosa:
When you have bulimia, you have periods of binging and getting rid of. During these periods, you typically eat a lot of foods in a short duration and then try to rid yourself of the extra calorie consumption through nausea or extreme work out. You may be at a regular body-weight.

Bulimia warning symptoms may include:
• Damaged teeth and gums
• Irregular heartbeat
• Constant diet
• Self-induced vomiting
• Excessive exercise

3. Binge-eating disorder:
When you have binge-eating problem, you constantly eat extreme amounts of foods, but don’t try to make up for this actions with workouts as someone with bulimia or anorexia might. You may eat when you’re not starving and continue eating even long after you are irritatingly complete. After an extreme, you may feel bothered, which can induce a new circular of binging.

Symptoms of binge-eating problem may include:
• Eating faster during binge episodes.
• Feeling that your eating conditions are out of control.
• Feeling frustrated, embarrassed or disappointed over the quantity eaten.

Causes:
The exact cause of eating disorders is undefined. As with other psychological diseases, there may be many causes. Main causes of eating disorders include:

  1. Biology: There may be genetics that make certain individuals more susceptible to creating eating conditions. In addition, there’s some proof that this, a normally sourced mind substance, may impact eating habits.
  2. Psychological and mental health: People with eating conditions might have psychological issues that give rise to the problem. They may have low self-esteem, perfectionism, energetic actions and struggling connections.
  3. Society: Success and worth are often associated with being thin in popular way of life. Stress from peers and what individuals see in the press may fuel this wish to be slim, particularly among women.

Prevention:

Although there’s no sure way to avoid eating conditions, some steps may help avoid eating disorders:

  • Enlist the help of your kid’s doctor – At well-child trips, physicians may be in a good position to recognize early signs of diet conditions and avoid the development of full-blown sickness. They can ask kids questions about their dietary routines and fulfillment with their overall look during schedule medical sessions, for example.
  • Encourage healthier – dietary routines and avoid diets around your kids. Family cuisine routines may also impact the relationships kids create with foods. Consuming food together gives you an opportunity to educate kids about the stumbling blocks of diets, and motivate healthier eating.
  • Keep an eye on pc use – Because there are numerous websites that enhance anorexia as a way of life choice rather than a diet condition, it’s important to observe your kid’s pc use. You can do this by keeping the pc in a common location in the house, or by consistently verifying the pc’s history page to see what sites your kid has visited.

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Tips On How To Stop Emotional Eating

People eat for various reasons. For you to stop emotional eating you need to know what triggers it. Know what situations, emotions or places that trigger the emotional hunger. Emotional eating is mostly triggered by negative feelings and at times by positive emotions, like rewarding yourself for an achievement.

Causes of emotional eating

• Stress- most people tend to eat when stressed and there is a good reason for it. When stress is chronic, high levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, are released. The cortisol gives you cravings for salty, sugary, and fatty foods–foods that will raise your energy and pleasure levels.

• Boredom- This happens when you are idle and don’t have anything to do. You may eat to overcome the boredom. You feel empty and unfulfilled so you eat to kill the boredom and get that feeling of fulfillment.

• Childhood habits- You may remember childhood memories about food. Some parents use snacks to reward children for doing good things, perhaps your parents rewarded you with chocolate every time you got good grades. You may pick up the habit from childhood.

• Social influences- having dinner with friends is a great way to socialize and have fun, but it can lead to overeating at times. It will be easy for you to overeat when your friends overeat too or you will overeat to calm your nerves. If family members or friends encourage you to overeat, it’s easy to do it.

• Stuffing emotions- eating can be a way of silencing negative emotions you may have, like– anger, shame, loneliness, sadness and so forth. By focusing on eating you get to temporarily forget those emotions.

How to curb emotional eating

One easy way of doing this is by keeping an eating diary and a mood diary. Every time you realize you have eaten unhealthy foods, write it down. Later look back on what emotions caused you to eat. As time goes by you will be able to identify habits or emotions that make you overeat. Once you know what triggers your emotional eating you can start working on how to stop it and find healthier eating ways.

1. Find other ways to feed your feelings

If you are not able to find another way of dealing with your emotions without involving food, then it will be nearly impossible to stop this habit. One of the reasons diets fail is because they offer logical nutrition advice assuming that the only thing keeping you from eating right is lack of knowledge. This kind of advice works only if you can control your eating habits. Identifying your triggers and understanding your cycle is not enough to curb emotional eating– you need to find other ways of dealing with your emotions. When stressed or lonely you can call or hangout with a friend that makes you feel better, visit places you like, read an interesting book, watch a comedy show or play with your pet.

2. Pause when cravings come

This may not be as easy as it sounds because when the urge for the food hits, it is all you may think about. You feel the need to eat right there and then. Take at least 5 minutes before you give in to the craving, this gives you time to think about the poor decision you are about to make. Within that period you can change your mind and make a better choice. If 5 minutes is a lot for you, start with 2 minutes and increase the time as you get better with it.

3. Learn to accept good and bad feelings

Emotional eating comes from not being able to deal with your feelings on the head. Find a friend or a professional who you can talk about issues and problems that you have. Being able to accept bad and good feelings without involving food will help you make progress.

4. Engage in healthy lifestyle habits

Exercise, rest and enough sleep will make it easy for you to deal with any problem that you may encounter whether emotional or physical. Create time for a 30 minutes exercise at least 5 days a week, relax and get sleep of 7 to 8 hours every day. It is also important to surround yourself with positive people who will uplift you and help you deal with your problems.

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About Hypnotherapy For Weight Loss

Hypnosis is a state of inner absorption and concentration and it’s usually done by a hypnotherapist using mental images and verbal repetition.

When you are put under hypnosis your attention is highly focused and as a result you are more responsive to suggestions which include behavior changes that help you in losing weight.

Pros of hypnosis

One of the advantages is that it helps you to easily lose weight. According to experts, the technique helps you to lose up six pounds in a month. You should note that although this is the average amount that you can lose in a month, you can lose more if you work hard.

This means that you should concentrate more and thoroughly follow what your therapist advises you to do.

Another advantage of the weight loss technique is that you can easily find a therapist to help you. If there is no therapist in your area, you can go online and find one.

If you don’t have money to hire a therapist, you don’t have to worry as you can undertake self-hypnosis. Here you only need to read articles or watch videos that will guide you on how to go about the process.

Cons of the technique

The main disadvantage of the technique is that you can’t use it as a substitute for diet and exercise. This means that you can’t use the technique on-its-own. For you to find results you should incorporate dieting and exercises as part of your plan.

This means that once you concentrate on the ideal foods to take, you should take the foods for you to witness results.

Tips on how to get the most from hypnotherapy

Communicate: just like everything else, communication is important in hypnosis. You should communicate with your therapist on everything in order to clear the air. For example, you should communicate about the trance state which is an important part of hypnotherapy.

You should remember that different people experience trance differently. For example, some feel heavy, others light, and others drift off into a sleep-like state. You should communicate with your therapist for him/her to use the right techniques that will help you access trance.

Do your homework: since you will be learning, your therapist may ask you to do some homework. The homework can include concentrating a few minutes about the food that you need to avoid. For you to attain the right results you should do homework and ask as many questions as possible.

Hypnosis for Weight Loss is very effective when its done under the guidance of a highly trained individual. To find a well trained individual and know more about weight loss hypnosis visit the given links.

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Noticing and Acknowledging Your Emotions Empowers Change

After eating naturally for 20 years I now know that I used to use food to control my emotions. I was completely unable to cope with a lot of things that had happened in my life. So instead of acknowledging them and allowing myself to feel loss, sadness, and grief I ate instead.

This meant I didn’t have to feel because that was too hard and completely overwhelming. I was able to control my feelings by using food. To be honest I probably lived for 20 years of my life in a fog, doing what I needed to get through the day, but not actually living or feeling.

When I was diagnosed with depression and bulimia in 1996 I was completely blown away. I’d more or less worked out that I was suffering from depression as most days I didn’t want to get out of bed. But the fact that I had Bulimia was a real eye opener. That’s because I never made myself sick, what I did was exercise excessively instead. Eventually I learnt that this was simply another form of purging. It was also another form of control. I would eat very little and only “healthy” food, exercise at least once if not twice every day and then binge in the evenings. It was a very negative cycle of dieting, exercising and bingeing.

It enabled me to cope, but I was living a very unhappy and unfulfilled life.

When I learnt how to eat naturally I also learnt how to love and trust myself again. This was the way back to normality. To do that however I had to actually notice the feelings I was having, acknowledge them and then choose a positive action to take.

I hadn’t cried for 20 years. After working with a counsellor every week for a year I finally cried on her shoulder in the last session and probably for most of the hour!! But what a relief that was. I didn’t have to hide anything anymore, I could let go, grieve for my losses and move on in a positive way. That was when I knew I was well on the way to recovery because I was starting to face things, feel them and get them out of my body by crying, laughing, screaming or singing.

These are all positive and empowering actions which make us feel better and then able to make a positive choice on what to do next.

Eating for emotional reasons keeps you stuck, because your body doesn’t want food. It wants some sort of comfort such as a good cry, love, kindness, a hug, a walk in the fresh air or a chat with a trusted friend. These are all positive and empowering and comforting, but food for a lot of us has been our natural default in times of stress.

To break this negative controlling habit I encourage you to try the following:

· Notice you are wanting to eat when you are obviously not hungry.

· Acknowledge the emotion you are having. Are you sad, angry, disappointed, depressed, lonely or even bored?

· Feel the feelings and let yourself cry, scream, talk it out with someone, exercise or write in your journal to get it out of your system

· Then do something you love that gives you joy, instead of punishing yourself by overeating

It can really hurt to sit with our feelings, but then you can make positive changes. Remember our body only wants food for nourishment, if you find you are eating for comfort it is time to start looking at the cause so you can resolve it instead of merely controlling it.

Prior to discovering Natural Eating in 1996, I’d had food and weight related issues for over 20 years. Through combining Natural Eating with Personal Development, I have maintained a healthy and natural weight ever since. I now run my own business, Nourish ‘N Nurture, teaching people how to develop a healthy relationship with food. For a FREE copy of my e-book entitled “Empower yourself by eating what you want” please click the following link http://nourishnnurture.co.nz/

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6 Tips for Meditating for the Beginners: A Revelation

Meditation is such a powerful practice that you will be awed to discover its contribution towards the betterment of your life and habits. No one can explain this to you until and unless you, yourself contemplate it. It augments your self-understanding that leads to more positive energy. As a result of this, you worry less about the discomforts that you face and learn to count your blessings and be grateful for them. It is for this reason that a number of organisations have developed today that offers you ample scope for this and hoards of people are getting benefitted with an enhanced quality of life from these.

But if you want to get an idea of this powerful habit then you can try it for yourself first with the following tips.

In case you are a beginner and are not aware of this process, don’t worry for below are enlisted a few steps for you to begin with the process.

    • Try to sit for a couple of minutes – In the beginning days, just attempt to sit for two minutes;that will be easy. Sit for two minutes for the first two weeks at any part of the day, preferably morning and then try to increase it to four minutes the next week.

 

    • Prefer to do it first thing each morning – Make it a habit of doing this first thing in the morning. This is because there is a tendency that you will forget it if you keep it for the later part of the day.

 

    • Don’t be too much attentive towards how to do it – You don’t have to concentrate much on the process of doing it. All you have to do is be careful that you allot at least two minutes each day to it.

 

    • Try feeling your mind – You should try and analyse what your mind is feeling at the moment. See if it’s angry, frustrated or calm and try to accept whatever thought process is going on.

 

    • Attempt to feel your body – While doing it, try to see what your body feels like. For this, you can start with what your foot is feeling like, then your toe and then gradually move up. It is through these processes that helps in eradication of pain if you practice it for the long run.

 

  • Try counting your breaths – Concentrate on counting your breath. Like you count one when you are inhaling then while exhaling you should count two and so on.

You can try all the above steps if you are thinking of seeing in yourself the power and the benefits that this practice will give you.

The author, Dylan Flint owns a renowned centre for good meditation in Logan that has made a name for itself for benefiting many with pain relief in Logan.

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The Perfect Body Image For Self-Confidence

What is the perfect body image? What should we really aspire to look like? Do women have to be the smallest size, or will a medium do? Do men have to be muscular everywhere? Do we have to fit into skinny jeans? Do men have to wear tight trousers when in fashion? Do women have to wear make-up every day? What is the right look?More to the point, do you find yourself sometimes ashamed because you don’t look quite like those in magazines and on TV? Do you hide behind make-up (for women) or big muscles (for men)? If not, would that make you feel lesser than others? If so, read on.

Let us look at your face and body from an energy perspective. When there is an energy block anywhere, your energy does not flow properly. If these energy blocks are connected to incidents or aspects related to self-confidence, then it may well be that what we look like to the world takes on such an importance that it can spoil our lives. Now, I am not saying you should let yourself go and not care about your self-image. What I am trying to say is let us find a balanced feeling inside, let us get a better energy flow, and then you can look your best. Not only that, you can feel that you look your best too. Even better, when you look and feel your best, the energy you radiate and the energy you attract from others can be the best, too. Your self-esteem can grow, and you can attract people to you with more ease.

So, if you want to use EFT on this issue, how do you proceed?

First of all, remember that the more ashamed we feel about how we look, the more likely we are to get into bad habits that do not necessarily help either our appearance in the long-term nor our self-confidence. So tapping on shame, guilt, and feeling lesser than others in the following situations can help you.

What you see on television and in magazines regarding to the perfect body image is the perfect tapping example. For instance, comparing yourself against the photo-shopped and perfectly shot magazine images can lead to a poor self-image, which is fuel to the fire of a low self-confidence, which is fire to the fuel of a poor self-image, and so on and on in a vicious cycle. Let us break that cycle. Choose one person at a time that you feel ashamed when you compare yourself to them, and tap on it until you feel that shame go. Remember, shame can only get in the way of your best look and your increased confidence. So it makes sense to let it go. Tap on this for as long as you have to, for example, one hour 3 times a week for 6 weeks.

Next Tap on how you feel about yourself. If you genuinely are too fat or too thin according to BMI figures or height-weight charts, you can work with a professional or make a plan to healthily reach your target look, or as near to it as is healthy for you. Otherwise, those little imperfections that we all have are just things that make us stand out from the crowd, and in a good way. Look at J-Lo, and how her big behind became her looks’ biggest asset (pun fully intended), or Tom Cruise, who is shorter than most male actors and looks so great, women swoon over him. So tap on liking your imperfections. Again, this may take time, so give yourself something like one hour 3 times a week for 6 weeks, and see how you feel.

You will find that people are much more likely to become and stay friends with you if you exude an attractive energy, regardless of actual looks anyway. But, still like all of us, I am sure you strive to look your best, only in an easy-going healthy way. When our energy is open to attraction, we become attractive. And we become more self-confident. This motivates us to feel and be attractive. And that in turn improves our self-image and self-esteem.

If EFT is new to you, you can learn it in workshops, book a session whether online or in-person with a trained practitioner that you resonate with, or, if that feels too much, maybe you can start with an online course or free online eBooks and videos, such as on many practitioners’ sites and on YouTube. EFT is a mixture of stimulating special acupressure points whilst saying releasing statements. It is very popular, because even if you cannot afford many practitioner sessions, for example, once you have learned the technique, you can use it for yourself. It can empower you. If you have schizophrenia or psychosis, you may prefer a gentler method to most forms of EFT, such as Reiki, Spiritual Healing, or Gary Craig’s (the founder) new Optimal EFT. As with any alternative or beauty therapy, you are advised to consult with your medical practitioner first. And if you already a tapper, then great, I hope this article helps you or someone you care for!

© Suzanne Zacharia 2016. Of course, you are advised to consult with your medical practitioner before embarking on any course of alternative, complementary, or beauty therapy. Want to use this article? You can, as long as you credit me with it and invite your readers to get my FREE “EFT How-to for You” and regular free EFT Tapping script samples in my newsletter at http://www.EFT-Scripts.com – New to EFT? No worries, just get your own copy of “EFT How-to for You” and start EFTing with ease very soon!

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