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Coping with Covid-19 overeating

 In Coronavirus Support, Understanding Comfort or Binge Eating Articles

Here, I talk about coping with Covid-19 overeating.

I’ll show you what’s behind overeating, and how to start to understand and change it.

This video is for you if you feel bad about your eating, and could do with some help on coping with Covid-19 overeating.

 

Since the lockdown began I’ve seen posts every single day about how we’re eating too much.

Mostly people are saying this with humour; people are still trying to make jokes out of it. But for a section of the population the posts are not really that funny. There’s a huge amount of shame involved in overeating, if you’re in the habit of it. So it’s for those people that I’m writing this article.

Cut yourself some slack

It’s not that we shouldn’t be cutting ourselves some slack right now. I’m certainly not going to be telling you to not overeat. Who do you know who doesn’t use a substance, or something other than your own internal resources, to get through the day right now, or in life in general? It’s pretty common. So cut yourself some slack. This is a really difficult time. You’re going to be using something to make sure that you’re ok by the end of the day. To make sure that you can get on with what you need to do the next day. Maybe that’s fine. This is a weird time; very triggering.

But for people who find it really difficult to stop eating, and for whom this isn’t a temporary phase, I know how hard it is for you to stop. So where I come from is about trying to understand what it’s all about in the first place.

 

Are you too hard on yourself?

A lot of binge eaters have a strong unconscious self-critic.

Most people come to me with this belief:

”If only I could lose weight I would look better, and my life would be much better.”

This is playing over and over like a record stuck in their brains. They really genuinely believe that if they lost weight, they’d be happier. Actually the opposite, is really the truth. If you feel better about yourself, and you can get the details of your life happier and right for you, you’re probably going to look different, have different habits, and treat yourself better. You’re more likely to be more conscious, be more engaged, and have a way to deal with how you feel, on a daily basis. A coping mechanism that isn’t using a substance. One that relies on your own inner resources.

I’ve heard a lot of clients say lately, that they feel very bad that they’re not doing any exercise. They feel a lack of motivation, and they feel very tired. I think that’s really normal, with everything we’re coping with right now.

I know these people are giving themselves a hard time because they’re putting themselves down for this.

 

What’s behind Covid-19 overeating?

So I encourage you to start thinking about what it is that might have triggered you off. What’s behind the lack of motivation, behind the lethargy, behind not wanting to exercise, & behind eating?

  • Did something upset you further back down the line? It could have been days ago! Or it could have just happened. Or it could even be stored up from years ago, and from your history.

  • When you feel lethargy or when you eat, trace it back. Start thinking about what was going on for you that might have upset you. That might have frightened you. That might have reminded you of something that hurt you in the past. Trace the steps back in your thought process.

  • Before it all happened, what were you thinking?

  • What were you doing?

  • What conversations were you having? It’s often a conversation that triggers something off in us. The other person may not even have been criticising you. They might have been! But they may have been having a go at themselves in some way. Then you picked up on something and felt bad about yourself for it too.

This all happens in our unconscious and by habit. So it needs questioning and exploring.

But above all, know that the constant battering of your self-confidence is only going to make you want to eat more. So, start learning to understand what you’re doing and be gentle with yourself. Treat yourself as you would treat someone you love very much indeed, as a start to coping with Covid-19 overeating.

Want to go further? Coping with Covid-19 overeating

If you want help with overeating,  I have an online group coming soon!
Intro sessions are being conducted now, and there are limited spaces.

Shelley Treacher MA BACP Accred. Working on a daily basis with binge eating and over eating with adults, both individually and in groups. Helping you beyond what’s holding you back.

Coping with Covid overeating

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