How are you feeling this week? I have always enjoyed the variety of my work, especially travelling around different countries, and meeting new people. So, I am starting to struggle with the ‘sameness’ of our current lives. I was talking to my husband last week about the fact that for the first time in my life I can predict what I am going to be doing each day and it feels very weird! I know that in NLP terms I am a person who prefers difference to sameness so my challenge each week is how to create more variety within the current boundaries of my daily life. How about you? Are you a difference or a sameness person? How are you coping? If you are a sameness person I wonder how it is affecting you?
This week I want to write a bit about our eating habits during lockdown as I am reading that many people are getting into some bad habits. Last week I wrote about our conscious mind being the ‘Goal-Setter’. But, our unconscious mind, which we call the ‘goal-getter’ does the job of achieving our goal. It is the alignment between these two that sets us up for success. Those people who take action are the ones who will achieve their goal. This week I want to speak about our use of language in the context of food.
As we know, the ‘L’ in NLP stands for linguistic and relates to the effect our language has on our feelings and our actions. Our subconscious mind takes what we say literally, so if you say to yourself ‘I’m famished’, your brain will encourage you to overeat. Often the words we use mask the real problem, meaning that when we tell ourselves that we feel hunger, very often this is not the case at all. What we are really feeling is sadness, loneliness, boredom, or stress. So next time you have a craving, ask yourself ‘Am I really hungry or am I feeling a different emotion?’ Be honest with yourself. If it’s not hunger, then tell yourself instead ‘I am in control of what I eat and I do not need to eat now.’ Then deal with the emotion. Whatever you tell yourself, your mind will absorb and accept. If you change your language, you will change how you feel in an instant. Getting into the habit of telling yourself positive messages is very effective at helping you to avoid unnecessary eating and to deal with the real emotions you are feeling. If you are lonely, arrange to see a friend online or pick up the phone to someone you have not spoken to in a while. If you are miserable, do something that will cheer you up such as treating yourself to something. Or if you are stressed, go for a walk, or do anything that gets you up and moving about. And, if like me you’re a bit bored, plan a night in that gives you something to look forward to other than Netflix! The important thing is to break the pattern by doing something different. Let me know how you get on.
To your success…
Lindsey Agness and Team NLP x
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