Sadness Is An Inevitable Emotion

Emotions, Health, Mental Wellness, Positivity
Sadness is associated with loss, disappointment, grief and helplessness. Yet, it’s an inevitable emotion. It’s a normal part of life. Fact is that we are the sum of our choices. Yet some choices become more prominent than others. They linger on and fester, creating an imbalance in your emotional state. Your emotions come in a complete range, as described by the American psychologist Paul Ekman who believed that there were six basic emotions - anger, happiness, surprise, disgust, fear and sadness - which rise up whenever you encounter certain situations, which can be either positive or negative. Emotions are intoxicating. They can take you over and dictate your outlook on life. When you’re happy, you feel invincible. Everything seems easy and clear. You feel like you can accomplish anything you…
Read More

What Is A Panic Disorder

Mental Wellness, Panic Attacks, Stress Management
People suffering from a panic disorder have frequent panic attacks. Unlike an occasional acute panic attack, these even more pronounced attacks are often tied to situations that have caused trouble before. The simple fear of having another panic attack in an uncomfortable recurring situation can cause enough anxiety to trigger a panic disorder. Think of it as a vicious circle of sorts. It's a circle that causes many people to totally avoid previous situations they've been in if they have caused a series of attacks. While the exact cause of panic disorders is unknown, they are still treatable. Most often, they are treated through therapy or with the aid of self-help strategies. These therapy sessions are typically enough to mitigate the problem, but medication may also be used in some…
Read More

Stress Induced Eating

Mental Wellness, Mindset, Stress Management, Weight gain
Are You Stress Eating? Stress… we all deal with it. It’s unavoidable in fact but there are ways to cope with it and lessen its effects on our minds and habits that form as a result. Eating is a coping mechanism for stress because when we eat something (Especially satisfying) just to eat it, it is a sure sign of stress eating. Let’s delve further into the issues of emotional eating and pinpoint exactly why we stress eat and how to stop doing it! Why We Turn To Food? A survey conducted by the American Psychological Association found that about one-fourth of Americans rated their stress levels at about 8, with a 10 showing the most stress. It’s a pretty discouraging statistic as we all know stress is no fun…
Read More

Your Relationship With Food

Diet, Mental Wellness, Mindset, Nutrition
Is Food Your Friend or Foe? Many people have a complicated relationship with food, for different reasons - concerns about health and physical appearance, and feelings and memories associated with food. However, where you stand in regards to food is not always clear. Finding out where you stand is the first step towards a healthier, more fulfilling relationship with food. Friend It's very common for parents to use unhealthy foods to motivate their children to do something - from eating their veggies to finishing their homework or cleaning their room. And although parents mean no harm, many people continue to associate unhealthy foods as rewards when they grow older. According to a 2016 study from Aston University, another consequence of using food as a reward in children is emotional eating…
Read More

Recovery For Emotional Eaters

Mental Wellness, Mindset
Emotional Eaters Can Recover & Learn to Eat Right For emotional eaters, eating becomes disconnected from food or hunger. It becomes about soothing or suppressing emotions. It becomes a mechanism to regulate emotions, avoid unpleasant feelings or uplift your mood. This is mainly why most people fail at dieting; we feel bad, we eat to make it better, then we feel guilty for eating too much – a vicious cycle. Here are some of the most common causes emotional eaters deal with: • To fill a void in your life • You don’t have time for yourself • You use food for comfort when you’re stress, overwhelmed or powerless • To overcome low self-esteem, depression or loneliness • Lack of healthy coping skills for emotions • Lack of health ways…
Read More

Creating Mental Well-being

Mental Wellness, Mindset, Positivity
6 Healthy Coping Mechanisms for Difficult Emotions Mental well-being plays a crucial role in our daily behavior, viewpoint and feelings. When we’re coping with difficult emotions, we have a hard time dealing with stress, overcoming challenges and building relationships. It doesn’t matter how healthy, happy or resilient you may be, there are times in our lives when we’re faced with difficult experiences that may become too much for us to handle. And at times we try to work through it, other times we simply avoid whatever is bothering us, leaving it to fester and bubble inside. While it may be easier to just bury it all, it’s more productive if you accept them as a natural part of life. A crucial part of actually dealing with emotions is acknowledging them…
Read More

Mental Health And Eating Disorders

Diet, Mental Wellness, Nutrition
Eating disorders are some of the most serious mental health issues. According to National Eating Disorders Association, 20 million women and 10 million men will suffer from an eating disorder. And unfortunately, eating disorders have the highest mortality rate among psychiatric conditions. Although the exact cause of eating disorders is still unknown, experts believe they result from a combination of psychological, emotional, genetic, and environmental factors. Even though eating disorders are more commonly associated with teenage girls, more and more men, older women, and children are being diagnosed. For instance, one-third of all eating disorder patients are male, according to a 2007 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If eating disorders are no longer specific to a certain demographic, who is at risk of developing it? Keep…
Read More

Causes Of Overeating

Diet, Mental Wellness, Nutrition
The Connection Between Self-Worth And Overeating Like any other eating disorder, overeating and binge eating don't have one single cause. Instead, they're the result of genetic, emotional, psychological, and environmental factors. In the United States, 2.8 million people are affected with binge eating disorder and it is the most common eating disorder in that country, according to the website Healthline. Compulsive overeating and binge eating disorder may start slow. In many cases, it starts with mindless eating in front of the computer or television. However, it may become a habit rooted in deeper issues you need to address. The National Center for Eating Disorders notes a few common factors among binge eating disorder patients - they struggle with assertiveness and often put their own needs last, they crave approval from…
Read More

The Consequences Of Binge Eating

Depression, Diet, Mental Wellness, Nutrition
Binge Eating and Consequences for Your Body Food has become a thorn in many people’s sides. Really, a lot of this is not about food, but the type of food we have available to us in the modern world. When it comes to binge eating, addictive man made foods affect us in such a way as to cause to drastically overeat, not because our bodies need food but for dysfunctional reasons. Eating disorders, as bulimia nervosa, anorexia nervosa, and binge eating, are life-threatening, serious conditions that affect a person’s physical, emotional and mental health. They all stem from an addiction to the dopamine (a “feel good” hormone) released in the reward center of the brain; an addiction which is just as strong as that of alcohol or drugs. Bearing grave…
Read More

Do You Have An Eating Problem?

Diet, Mental Wellness, Stress Management, Weight gain
Self-Assessment Test: Do You Eat For Hunger Or To Stuff Emotions? People eat for many reasons. For some, eating is a time of social interaction or fun. Others eat strictly because the body is sending signals from the stomach by way of hormones telling them they are hungry, in other words they eat to live. Unfortunately, there are still others for which eating is an emotional crutch. They eat because stress and strong emotions have invaded their mind and food becomes a way to block the unpleasantness of the feelings. Some of the most common feelings that people eat behind are loneliness, stress, sadness, heartache, and boredom. When we eat emotionally in order to stuff feelings, we end up eating too much or eating the wrong foods. Our overall health…
Read More