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Know What Makes You Happy: An Emotional Approach To Preventing Obesity

In order to effectively prevent obesity you also need to consider the role that the emotions play in causing obesity. In order to do this you have to become more aware of your emotions, in particular what makes you happy. Yes, what makes you happy. Often times when an emotional approach to obesity or emotional eating is considered, the negative emotions are what’s looked at and emphasized.

What I am asking you to do is something a little different. I am asking you to focus on what makes you feel happy, great, good, secure, safe and content. What makes you feel at ease, free, and rich or enough. The reason why I want you to pay attention to these emotions because isn’t this what you want more of  anyway.

You want to create more happy emotions and the above mentioned emotions for the following reasons:

1. WOULD YOU RATHER BE HAPPY OR FIND THE SOURCE OF YOUR PAIN

You would most likely answer, “I want to find the source of my pain so I can end it and eliminate that source then I will be happy. Can you honestly say that happiness is just lying right underneath that pain and as soon the pain is removed then happiness is just going to pop right up like toast out of a toaster.  I don’t know about that. In my experience I find that once I start digging more unwanted stuff just starts coming up and even when it doesn’t and I have an “Aha Moment” it feels great for a few minutes but I can ‘t say that I am elated and happy right after that.

When you take this route it requires two steps. The first is finding the root cause and then the second is then you have to become happy or content or whatever emotion you are wanting that’s going to cause you to feel fulfillment.

The mind is like a copier machine and whatever thoughts you keep feeding it, it will produce more of those thoughts. What you are doing intentionally or unintentionally is telling it what you want more of and what you want it to focus on. In this case, to  keep t  finding the source of my pain or what’s making feel blah and want to eat when I’m not hungry.

2. START WITH HAPPINESS, OR GRATEFULNESS OR A GOOD EMOTION AS YOUR STARTING POINT

When you are already in a state of happiness, joy, gratitude, peace or whatever emotion that feels good to you, you want to really enjoy that state. You want to luxuriate in that state. Take deep delicious breaths in that state. Why is that? You want to do this because you want your mind and body to pay attention to this state because you want to be in this state longer. You want to communicate to your brain and body that these feelings, this state is what you want more of. You don’t have to worry about following a trail back to what caused all of this. You can do it, but for now just pay attention when you are  in this emotional space.

3. WHEN YOU ARE NOT IN ONE OF THOSE STATES YOU WILL NOTICE AND THEN YOU CAN INTENTIONALLY GO INTO ONE OF THESES STATES

When you are not feeling your best you will have a way and means of getting back to feeling better by remembering the time and things that made you  feel grateful, happy, at ease, content, or peaceful. You will be able to take a deep breath close your eyes and go back to the place of joy and create it in your body and mind.

Feeling good will bring more pleasure to your life so that you don’t have to use food for pleasure or comfort. Doing it the way that was presented will keep you happy more of the time than looking for what is making you feel bad or not good will.

What you want to do is get your body and your entire being accustomed to being in that state. You want to embellish it and enjoy it. You want to feel your body with those feel good chemicals that flood your body when it feels good. You want to have control over it and not rely on food to do it for you.

So this is why you want to start with the feel good emotions. You want to flood your body with same chemicals that food would produce in your body. You also want to create more of the feel good emotions and experience them more and make your life better.

Give it a try and let me know how it turns out. You can also feel free to share what works for you  also . I’d love to hear from you. The great thing about this approach is that is sets an excellent example for your children in helping to prevent childhood obesity. It will put you in a position to make wiser choices for you and your family and help you deal better with stress. Go head give it a try and have a wonderful day!

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