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A Technique To Help You Stop Overeating You Can Try NOW

by Beth Warren November 2, 2020

You know the saying, 
"Just take a breathe!"
Well, what they're really saying is
"Go Meditate!"

Ultimately, that's what mindful meditation is - 
it requires us to focus on one specific thing–from our breathing to a particular object outside of us–and continually bring our attention back to that focal point when it wanders.

The proven results to reducing stress,
and yes,
that means stress around eating too,
is impactful.

It's about stepping back, seeing the thought clearly–witnessing it coming and going–without judgment, but with a relaxed, focused mind.

Meditation helps:

  • build self awareness
  • be in the present moment
  • Gaining a new perspective on stressful situations.
  • Building skills to manage your stress.
  • Reducing negative emotions.
  • Increasing patience and tolerance.

Challenge yourself to meditate at least once a day for as long as you can (20 minutes should be your goal, but studies show you can get some of meditation’s benefits from even five minute bursts) and tell us what you loved and hated about it, if it worked or totally bombed. I would be happy if I even got to 10 minutes of meditation each day!

You don’t need your own Zen garden to meditate, and there are plenty of spots in the places you frequent where you can find some peace of mind. They don’t even need to be designated for meditation. Just look around you–you’d be surprised how many make-shift spots there are. For me, it's my car!; although I did recently create a cozy "zen den" in my bedroom by the window.

There are many forms of meditation, but Executive Director of The OpenMind Training Institue Ron Alexander prescribes four steps to get started:

  1. Sit in a comfortable cross-legged position, or in a straight-backed chair with your feet on the floor, or lie down. If seated, close your eyes gently; if you lie down, keep your eyes slightly open.
  2. Set an alarm. Try meditating for between 12 and 20 minutes.
  3. Concentrate on your breath as it enters and leaves your nostrils, or on the rise and fall of your belly.
  4. When thoughts, feelings, or sensations arise, don’t try too hard to push them away. Mentally acknowledge them, but then try to concentrate anew on your breathing.
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