emotional eating Archives - A Step at a Time

An open letter to parents of children with eating disorders

Posted by | anxiety, body-image, disordered eating, Eating Disorders, emotional eating, mental health, self-belief, self-esteem, Teenagers, trauma | No Comments

*This blog is not medical guidance. If you have concerns about your child’s eating behaviours please consult your GP for referral and support.   Dear parent, I know that you haven’t got a clue what to do right now, whatever you say is wrong; too caring and you are ‘suffocating’, too strict and you ‘don’t care’ and say nothing and you’re accused of ‘ignoring my needs’. Here’s the thing about my eating disorder, it’s not me, it’s part of me but it distorts my thinking and actions at the core of my being. I don’t mean to snap at you, yell, scream, tell you that I don’t want to be here anymore, but it’s suffocating the energy out of my soul and preventing me from using logic and rationale right now. Some days I have control of it, some days it has control of me. On those days I feel…

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How to recognise signs of poor mental health in children and 5 ways to support children at home.

Posted by | anxiety, Children's Therapy, confidence, depression, emotional eating, grief, low mood, parent separation, self-belief, self-esteem, separation anxiety, Stress, Teenagers, well-being | No Comments

The thing about mental health, is that we all have it. If we imagine it as a swinging pendulum, throughout out life times, our mental health moves between good mental well-being and poor mental well-being, depending on life circumstances, events and situations. Everyone can have days when their mental health feels more sensitive, but for some, realising that their mental health is suffering and needs support can be a shock. For children and teenagers, brain development is ever changing and moving, children’s pre-frontal cortex – the part of the brain that supports rational thought, seeing perspectives, solving problems and regulation continues its development throughout childhood and adolescence. So, we cannot expect our children to know how to manage their own feelings without guidance and support. In addition, as their primary responses come from their limbic brain system we can often see strong emotions, reactive and instinctive responses to issues –…

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3 Top tips for managing emotional eating!

Posted by | body-image, diets, emotional eating, hypnotherapy, Responsive Therapy, weight loss | No Comments

Feeling stressed/tired/bored and find yourself wandering into the kitchen? Do you bury your head in the cupboard when you are feeling angry? Emotional eating is a subconscious behaviour that we have learnt over time, as we are so keen to avoid dealing with negative emotions to bury our face in a plate of cake (crisps/chocolate/takeaway……) is always the easier way to cope, but what about when you wake up the next morning bloated, swollen and feeling rubbish? Some easy ways to start breaking the habit….. STEP 1 – Say ‘STOP’ out Loud STEP 2 – identify the emotion you are currently feeling – label it – say it out loud STEP 3 – Find an alternative action that you can partake in These actions can be anything that involves ‘doing’ something – note that sitting on the sofa watching TV will NOT break the habit as your subconscious mind will…

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