The Importance of Being Mindful

It is important to remind yourself to be mindful if you’re struggling with an eating disorder like anorexia or bulimia. What exactly does it mean to be mindful anyway? Mindfulness is defined as, “a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations.” Mindfulness is something that we should all be practicing every day. It is something that requires work and effort but it can be very beneficial in your recovery.

The practice of mindfulness is especially important to people who are suffering with an eating disorder like anorexia, bulimia, or binge eating disorder. A lot of people who are struggling with eating disorders are consumed with negative thoughts pertaining to body image and confidence. Often times these sufferers are so overwhelmed with these negative thoughts that they begin to dictate their everyday life. This is why mindfulness is an extremely important value. The next time you find yourself heading down the road of negativity, redirect your thoughts by being mindful of your surroundings. This can be easily accomplished by feeling, smelling, seeing, and hearing everything that is around you in that moment.

Using positive affirmations is another tool to use when you are stuck in negative thoughts. The next time you find yourself having a negative thought, be still, and use positive affirmations. Here are some examples of positive affirmations:

-I like myself today. I am aware of possibilities for improvement, but I don’t want to be anyone else.
-I cannot see the outcome of the journey, but I can take the next step.
-I am healthy.
-Today I can bring awareness to my self-talk and replace all the negative thoughts with positive thoughts as soon as they appear in my mind.
-I can live creatively if I can accept my anxiety and am willing to experience butterflies in my stomach from time to time.
-I will be patient, even in the midst of trouble.
-I am a good age to be.
-I am a responsible and trustworthy person.
-I can only find out by trying.
-I am creative.

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