Intuitive Intervention: Thoughts, Feelings, Action
How many times have you screamed on the inside at how the scene in your home just played out?
How often have you looked back at that row, that binge, that painful run or that full blown tantrum with your partner - and wondered how on earth you got here?
Well, hey there angry person - cut yourself some slack.
Eating disorders have a way of stealing our ability to control our emotions and our behaviours, but there is a way to defend ourselves and maintain charge over the illness?
It's all about intuition and intervention.
Becoming more in tune with our intuition can be really powerful when it comes to knowing how we’re feeling, and why we’re feeling that way during an eating disorder battle.
For every action, there’s usually a feeling, which has been triggered by a thought.
And when that thought has been conceived by our eating disorder demon, you can be sure the feeling will be awful, and the likely action either destructive or dangerous.
Perhaps the thought is that our last meal was so calorie dense we fear we'll instantly gain more weight than we're happy with.
And so we have this feeling of self-hate and body-shame.
And so....we start planning a purge or we cry off a family event to go exercise, or we reach for laxatives and spend the next 24 hours in utter agony.
Well there in lies your thoughts, feelings, actions cycle.
Whether you’re used to journaling or not, try taking a look at what ‘triggers’ your eating disorder behaviours for the most part.
Is there an emotion that has crept in, and has that been born from some unhelpful anorexia or disordered thought?
If you notice that your actions are so regularly associated with particular thoughts and feelings, you can begin to explore further how you can ‘offset’ those thoughts, or talk them down and prevent the self-denial or self-destruct behaviours.
Give it a go, and notice how much more powerful it makes you feel to recognise that you have a level of authority over your eating disorder because you ‘understand’ what it is trying to cause you to think or to do.
Take control. You’ve got this.
*If you'd like to know more about our forthcoming course and resources to aid this unhelpful cycle and learn intuitive intervention, get in touch.
- Nov 2020