Anxiety is primarily about the future — something that you are worried *might* happen. Soothing anxiety is one of the biggest causes of overeating. I love Gary’s comments on anxiety eating and my post about my client’s similarities between overeating and panic attacks. And if you’ve ever had a panic attack, you know that it’s not an experience you want to repeat.
Anxiety tends to build and take on a life of it’s own. People who have anxious temperaments tend to obsess and catastrophize about what *could* happen. But we all suffer from anxious feelings from time to time. So getting a handle on your anxiety is a very good thing to do.
To use Emotional Freedom Techniques to lessen your anxiety, try to stay in the present moment and follow these 3 steps:
1. Make a list of all of the things you are afraid might happen, even if they sound ridiculous and you know in your *logical* mind they would never happen.
2. Rank them in terms of how worried you are about each one.
3. Tap on each one, starting with the most intense (if you can — if not, start with something that is less intense and work your way up). Notice how much calmer you feel.
If you use this practice on a regular basis, you will feel much calmer, and shed a lot of weight with all that fretting and worrying gone! For more info, go to Stop Anxiety With EFT