- For example, maybe food or drink is a coping mechanism you’re aware of but know is unhealthy. You go for a bowl of ice cream when your anxiety is high. You reward yourself with a glass or two of wine when you’ve had a hard day. What's the good that comes with that bowl of ice cream or glass of wine? Maybe they provide you with a sensory experience you look forward to that triggers a sense of emotional comfort. Maybe you just love the way it feels to let yourself off the hook for healthy eating.
- Consider the cigarette smoker. It’s no secret that the health effects of smoking are damaging. But what benefit does smoking bring to the smoker? Perhaps an escape from uncomfortable social situations or a quiet place to think is the reward. Maybe the feeling of the deep inhale of smoke triggers a sense of full body relaxation.
Times are difficult, so make sure you share this with a family member or friend who could use some help navigating the times.
All the best,
|Jessica Hill Powell, NBC-HWC, RYT-200|
Founder + Health Coach at Meridian Integrative Wellness
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