I have discovered that one of my triggers for mindless eating is frustration. Frustration is defined as a negative emotion that occurs because of the inability to change or achieve something. When I am in that state I seek relief through any means necessary, and fortunately (or unfortunately) I have found that food works – at least for a little while. In that instance, tapping about the food cravings doesn’t seem to work. Instead, I needed to tap on the feeling of frustration in order to break the pattern.
Setup (Karate Chop Point) – I’m frustrated, not just about one thing, but about many things. I don’t like this feeling. I can’t seem to fix the things that I’m frustrated about, so I want something sweet and delicious to make me feel better. Even though I am feeling frustrated by all of these things, I choose to manage the real issue, not just cover it up with a sugar high. Even though I am feeling frustrated and just want it to magically go away, I choose to remain open to solutions instead of causing another problem with poor food choices. Even though I really want to eat sweet things right now, I choose to release the frustration instead.
Side of Eye…This frustration
Under the Eye…I’m really feeling frustrated
Under the Nose…I’m frustrated
Collarbone…I want this frustration to just go away
Under the Arm…I’m frustrated
Top of Head…This frustration
Eyebrow…I’m so frustrated
Side of Eye…But I am open to seeing options
Under the Eye…I am frustrated
Under the Nose…But I am open to seeking solutions
Chin…I am frustrated
Collarbone…But I choose to allow an easy resolution
Under the Arm…I am frustrated
Top of Head…But I choose to take care of myself without relying on food
Take a deep breath and let it out slowly. By giving your emotion a voice and acknowledging how you feel and how you are responding it breaks the pattern and gives you the freedom to address the real issue that is frustrating you from a place of clarity and calm.
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