Meditation has been shown to help those with an eating disorder. Meditation allows you to not escape thoughts, but to more so retreat to a place of peacefulness, which allows you to recognize and accept an initial thought of anxiety, and then put it aside. Learning to acknowledge these thoughts is a gift. Many who try meditation have learned, and continue to learn every day, that if you feel particularly anxious, sad, nervous, or even excited, that these feelings will pass. It is a practice that allows you to separate more and more from your former unhealthy ways of thinking. It is a practice that allows you to further separate from an eating disorder identity. For many years, remaining busy was thought to help with eating disorder struggles; when truly, this notion contributed even more so to the downward spiral of their eating disorder.
- 1Meditation can be useful because it slows down things in your life and makes life somewhat less stressful and much more calm.
- 2It gives you a chance to sit down and relax and just breath. You will be able to focus more on your body and making it feel better.
- 3Meditation is also thinking about yourself in a calm way, you will be able to learn new things about yourself every day it seems.
Meditation allows me to give myself space, breathing room, and a pause. One pause can really be so freeing to someone who has never allowed themselves this gift. I have learned, and continue to learn every day, that if I feel particularly anxious, sad, nervous, or even excited, that these feelings will pass. Meditation teaches me to accept the thoughts and feelings and then let them go.
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