It is that season when there is always something baking in the oven or a tea kettle boiling for tea or cocoa. Family mealtimes are emphasized and social gatherings are regularly scheduled. The work offices are stocked up with cookies or treats in shining, foil wrappers. Holiday treats and celebrations bring a sense of community, nurture our bodies and feed our soul.
But what about those who have difficulties or disordered eating habits? The increase in food can be a trigger or stir up anxieties.
Recently, I found out a person very close to me was having such difficulties. She reported always having such emotional pain followed by physical pain of overeating and then ultimately this effected her self-worth. This was difficult to discuss and shows bravery on her part. Nonetheless, timing was difficult – all of this surfaced right before the holidays.
It is important to me to be mindful of her situation. I know we will only have a short time together – so I am hoping to keep things positive and focus on comforting activities that bring a sense of security and peacefulness during these hectic next few weeks.
A few alternatives to food driven activities:
- Curling up in a nest spot or a soft blanket.
- Strike up a conversation with a work peer or phone a friend, a family member.
- Vow to disconnect from “noise” (i.e. computers, iPhones, TV, etc.) and see how the environmental sounds effect you – does it provoke anxiety or bring about peace?
- Walk in the crunching snow, leaves, or create a pattern with you breath. Increasing circulation always brings about those “good” feelings