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As you may know, we live in a culture which promotes a love/hate relationship with food, with our bodies and ultimately with ourselves. Therefore, we are left feeling out of control with our eating and with our lives. Joyce Sarat White, licensed professional counselor and founder of Weighty Issues, helps clients explore information, challenge beliefs and encourages the reframing of one's relationship to food, to their bodies and to themselves. Click here for a more complete description of Weighty Issues.

This blog will provide you with the opportunity to receive support and education. The information is meant to complement, not substitute for professional services. Thank you for visiting, I hope it will become habit forming!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Anxiety and The NonDiet Approach

We live in anxious, stressful times.  From the moment we awake in the morning until bedtime, our stress and anxiety is building.  By evening, we might turn to food to calm ourselves.  Learning nonfood coping strategies is integral to the nondiet approach and to a healthy life.

One strategy is to begin our day with soothing words.  Reading a prayer can be helpful.  The following one has been a favorite of mine for years.

Ease the pounding of my heart by the quieting of my mind....Steady my hurried pace with a vision of the eternal reach of time.  Give me amidst the confusion of my day, the calmness of the everlasting hills.
Break the tension of my nerves and muscles with the soothing tunes of the singing streams that live in my memory....Help me to know the restorative powers of sleep.  Teach me the art of taking minute vacations....of slowing down to look at a flower, chat with a friend, to pat a dog, to read a few lines from a good book.
Remind me each day of the fable of the hare and the tortoise, that I may know that the race is not always to the swift, that there is more to life than increasing speed.
Let me look forward into the branches of a towering oak and know that it grew strong because it grew slowly.  Slow me down, Lord and inspire me to send my roots deep into the soil of life's enduring values...that I may grow toward the stars of my greater destiny.                                                                    Anonymous

If you feel you overeat due to stress and anxiety, please call me at (207) 846-9053. There are many strategies to ease our tension so we can live a healthier life.

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