I know a lot of my readers are dealing with compulsive overeating/binge eating, and also depression. From time to time, I like to share posts that offer support and advice for recovery. At the very least, please know that you are never alone.
Depression is insidious. Once it takes hold, it creates this feedback loop…you’re unmotivated because you’re depressed, so you don’t accomplish your goals, and this makes you more depressed. Those of us who struggle with binge eating know this kind of cycle so, so well. We eat because we’re miserable and the next day we’re miserable because we ate. It’s hard to break out of it. Sometimes it feels impossible to break out of it. But one tactic (read my other tips on how to stop emotional eating part 1 and how to stop emotional eating part 2) that has helped me is the mantra, “No more nothing days.”
A nothing day is a day where you accomplish nothing positive (and no, watching 8 episodes of Orange is the New Black doesn’t count.) There have been plenty of days where I binged and literally did nothing but eat. The feeling I had at the end of these days was one of complete and utter failure. I went to bed those nights feeling ashamed, pathetic, and weak. Guess what those feelings did? Contributed to my depression.
Even when you’re depressed and feeling weak, you can usually muster the motivation or courage to do something positive. It can be something as simple as taking a shower (hey, sometimes that’s all we’ve got in us) or going for a walk. Return a phone call or an email that you’ve meaning meaning to write. Just one thing so that at the end of the day you can know you did at least something to help your situation. Any step toward the light is better than standing still in the dark.
Once you start stringing enough something days together, you’ll start to see and feel some progress. Eventually, this should help create a new feedback loop—one of motivation and progress. And even if you continue to struggle, at least you’ve accomplished something.
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