Why We Use Food To Numb Our Emotions
Brené Brown has spent the past decade studying vulnerability, courage, and shame, and what it means to be a “Wholehearted” person who lives from a deep sense of self-worth.
According to Brené, vulnerability is not a weakness (as so many of us believe) but rather one of the keys to living a truly authentic and fulfilling life.
I was absolutely blown away the first time I saw this powerful Ted Talk, and no matter where you are on your own health journey, you do not want to miss this. And if you’re an emotional eater who uses food to numb your emotions, this video will instantly shift your perspective!
Awesome, right? In her fantastic book, The Gifts of Imperfection, Brené says this…
“Wholehearted living is about engaging in our lives from a place of worthiness. It means cultivating the courage, compassion, and connection to wake up in the morning and think, ‘No matter what gets done and how much is left is undone, I am enough.’ It’s going to bed at night thinking, ‘Yes, I am imperfect and vulnerable and sometimes afraid, but that doesn’t change the truth that I am also brave and worthy of love and belonging.”
Here are Brené’s 10 Guideposts for Wholehearted Living:
1. Cultivate Authenticity – Let go of what people think about you
2. Cultivate Self-Compassion – Let go of perfectionism
3. Cultivate a Resilient Spirit – Let go of numbing and powerlessness
4. Cultivate Gratitude and Joy – Let go of scarcity
5. Cultivate Intuition and Trusting Faith – Let go of the need for certainty
6. Cultivate Creativity – Let go of comparison
7. Cultivate Play and Rest – Let go of exhaustion as a status symbol and productivity as self-worth
8. Cultivate Calm and Stillness – Let go of anxiety as a lifestyle
9. Cultivate Meaningful Work – Let go of self-doubt and “supposed to”
10. Cultivate Laughter, Song, and Dance – Let go of being cool and “always in control”
Are you ready to live Wholeheartedly? In the comments tell me what you think. And remember, we are all a work in progress.
Tons of love,