LaurieAnn Campbell, award winning author, blogger, and podcaster shares her journey to overcoming her 30-year battle with bulimia nervosa.
According to research from Current Psychiatry Reports Eating disorders, which include bulimia, anorexia, binge-eating, are the most lethal mental health conditions. The Eating Disorders Coalition reports that every 62 minutes, at least one person loses their life as a direct result of an eating disorder.
Is recovery possible?
Long ago, the prevailing thought was that our brains never changed. Whatever number of brain cells we were born with, we would have for life.
If you experienced severe brain injury and damage from drug use, etc., cells would be destroyed, and once brain cells died, there was no way to get more of them.
Not so anymore! Do you know why?
Stressful thoughts signal the release of cortisol in our bodies. If unchecked, the impact on our emotional "tanks" can be pretty serious. How can we learn to reframe those thoughts that induce stress into healthier thought patterns that curb or lessen the release of cortisol?
Here’s an example: A student in my online Spanish university-level class emails me complaining about the class, an “unfair” grade, the rigorous nature of the class, due dates, excuses for not completing the work, the online language laboratory we use, or his or her experience with technical support on a given issue. Often the issues are resolved quickly and easily. However, sometimes students are disrespectful; they do not use proper “netiquette” within the email; they appear ill-mannered and react in impulsive ways. They blame me for their frustrations as I am, after all, the frontline target.
I’ve noticed that I log into my college email accounts with dread and anxiety. My breathing becomes shallower and my shoulders tense up. I’m like, “Okay.” Sigh. “What will I find here today?” I’m gearing up for obstacles and resistance. My adrenalin levels increase. I try to encourage myself that I’m putting out fires, but still I’m not exactly enjoying the experience.
Too often, there is a cost in emotional energy, and I need my emotional energy tank to be full, not depleted as a result of answering emails! After prayer and greater consideration, I isolated 5 tips to help me foster new coping mechanisms when dealing with complaints and negativity.
5 STEPS TO HANDLING COMPLAINTS & NEGATIVITY WITH GRACE
What are emotions? What causes them? What foods affect our thinking, emotions, and moods?
These are a few of the questions I address on this episode of the Choose 2 Think Podcast. If you listen til the end, you’ll hear a few of the participants share their takeaways from this information packed session*.
Do you have lots of TO-DO THOUGHTS rumbling away in your brain?
If so, it might just be that time to DECLUTTER YOUR MIND through an exercise that takes all of 5 minutes!
Grab a huge blank piece of paper and make columns or use your notebook/journal, and write these TITLES at the top of 3 pages:
Set your timer for 5 mins. and then write away!
But wait! What happens afterward?
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