I am a health psychologist, all things mind, mindfulness, emotions, behavior, stress, planning, anything that goes in the head, really - all are absolutely thrilling to me. My aim is to teach people to help themselves by better understanding their own mind. So here it is :)
About meEating is so much more about mind than digestion. It is about what we know, how we make choices and decisions, our attitidues, problem solving and planning abilities, social influence, habits, memories, goals, motivation. And yes, also about hormones, neurotransmitters, microbiome and other wonderful things. And all of that happens before you take every bite or sip.
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Today - a bit of classical theory.
Why do we experience difficulties in our life, in this case, psychological? Everyone has every kind of answer to that, and all answers are different. I am not saying this one is The Answer, or the most important one, or is a candidate for any other title. But to me this is a wonderful and fluent theory.
We do not respond to situation in a way that is best for us in the short and in the long run, because we start with inaccurate thoughts. The process of thinking is not perfect, we always make some mistakes during it (and thinking that I am always right is one of the common thinking errors).
Thinking error create inaccurate, inadequate emotions that are not helpful in a specific situation. For example, it is very helpful to get angry when we see a drunk person approaching us with the knife in the hand, and quite unhelpful when we cannot find the key in the bag. Thinking errors usually fall into one of three categories - helpless, hopeless or unlovable.
The match of thinking error and unhelpful emotion is a great basis for inadequate behavior. Continuously repeated thought-emotion-action set that is helpful or not, but still is repeated - forms a habit of behavior.
When we cannot explain why we act in this specific unproductive way (or avoid explaining to ourselves the true reasons) we create different rationalizations, or "logical explanations" in attempt to relate our behaviors to apparent reasons of it.
During therapy we analyze situations that seem to be unhelpful in your life and in achievement of your goals, and we search for these sequences - how thinking errors lead to misplaced emotions and unhelpful behaviors. When we describe these sequences (definitely, preferably in writing), we also usually manage to "straighten out" attitude to what is happening as well as to what we need to change.
If you'd like to read more about cognitive behavior therapy - I suggest starting, for example, with this book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00D29BZO6/
My name is Monika, I am health and nutrition psychologist. I help to deal with daily and difficult questions about behavior, thinking, emotions. I write, teach and provide psychological counselling. Book my talk to discuss and apply cognitive behavioral therapy!
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In general I am not an avid supporter of esoteric or other kinds of mind energy disciplines. But I keep stumbling upon an imprecisely drawn line between what is tried and tested across ages - and what only suits the shiny seminars. Yoga as physical and mental practice is constantly misplaced, and I always get excited when I find yet another proof that everyone should learn and practice yoga.
This research concludes that regular practice of yoga is a great method for eating disorder prevention and treatment. It is efficient because it ameliorates the symptoms, help to transfer focus from negative to positive body image and enables a deeper experience of mind and body connection.
Typical symptoms of eating disorders are significantly increased attention to food quantity and content, body mass and body image, intense fear of gaining weight, inadequate impact of body image on self-esteem, distorted body image, feelings of helplessness and loss of control, very intense feelings of shame, disgust and guilt.
👆 I would like to add that regular yoga practice helps to focus the attention - and shifting attention from anxious thoughts to productive thoughts is one of the very helpful techniques in phases of life when we "get stuck" on some topic. Yoga asanas are slow and mindful movements, and being such they help to realize how body works - and feel joy of it. FInally, every movement is closely tied to mindful breathing, which activates a parasympathetic system and allows to relax more quickly and deeply. For constantly anxious eating disorders patients this is a very welcome relief.
My name is Monika, I am health and nutrition psychologist. I help to deal with daily and difficult questions about behavior, thinking, emotions. I write, teach and provide psychological counselling. Book my talk to know more about mind and body!
Photo: Jenia Nebolsina from Pixabay
#spoonfulofreason #psychology #yoga #eatingdisorders
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