How many times a day do you find yourself thinking things that are not so positive?
We all do, it’s just part of being a human.
But the problem is that when you think negatively, you’re going to feel negatively.
Then of course you’re going to act in ways you don’t like to be, which includes binge eating because you don’t want to feel a negative emotion.
So what can you do about all those negative thoughts running through your head?
First, understand what they really are.
They’re merely just sentences in your mind. They’re harmless and don’t mean anything about you.
You are not your thoughts.
If you find yourself thinking the same ones over and over, it only means you’ve gotten really good at thinking them.
You’ve gotten so good at thinking them that your brain automatically goes to them. You’ve also thought them so many times that they now seem like the absolute truth.
But here’s the good news. Your thoughts are not the truth and you don’t HAVE to believe any of them.
The truth is whatever you believe and you can believe whatever you want.
You can think whatever you want about yourself, your capabilities, other people in your life, your job, and anything else.
But you first must see those thoughts for what they really are and know they are not facts.
When you find yourself thinking thoughts that make you feel bad, don’t beat yourself up about them.
Just remind yourself what they really are – just sentences in your mind that mean nothing about who you are.
Repeat the thought you heard yourself think but this time preface it with, “I’m just thinking the thought…”
Call it out for what it really is.
Take those negative thoughts and find the truth you want to believe about them. Take them to a neutral or positive place, you absolutely have the ability to do it.
You aren’t not able to stop eating, you’re just thinking the thought that you can’t – which is then leading you to prove that you can’t.
“I’m just thinking the thought that I can’t stop eating.”
How do I know this is a just a thought and not a fact? Because 99% of the time you are in control if your motor movements. That 1% is reflexes and reactions, it doesn’t include taking a fifth bite, or opening another package of food.
Your negative thoughts don’t have to be with you for the rest of your life. You can let them go and choose to think differently.
Start watching out for those thoughts that make you feel bad.
Don’t let yourself follow them down the rabbit hole, don’t beat yourself up for them. Pause and break them down.