Emotional Barriers

Overcoming Emotional Barriers For Better Health

The majority of the population suffers from some type of emotional barriers.  They can be present in your personal or business life and they can affect your communication skills and your health.  When these issues start to have an effect on your health, it is time to no longer avoid them and face them head on.

If you plan on starting a workout routine or have the intentions of walking everyday but never follow through, there is a good chance that it is due to emotional barriers.  Additionally, if you constantly feel dissatisfied with your body weight yet you continue to keep making unhealthy eating habits, this could be due to deep emotional issues that are keeping you from living a healthier life.

Seek Out Support

Everyone needs help at some point in their life so you should never feel ashamed or embarrassed to ask for it.  Although it can be scary or intimidating to open up to a person or a group, the first step is truly the hardest.

If you have someone that you can walk or workout with then you are already a step ahead of many others.  If not, joining a community group or workout class is a great place to meet other people with the same goals and you are more likely to stick to your plan.  Otherwise, you are less likely to feel motivated and accountable.

Emotional Pain

It should be no surprise that old wounds can cause emotional barriers.  Your life experiences, pain and trauma can introduce and also reinforce negative thoughts that you are carrying around inside.  These old wounds and memories are often the root of so many problems and can be causing you to not allow yourself to be healthy.

Media

In today's world, the media floods you with never ending images of airbrushed perfection.  Comparing yourself to these individuals is ridiculous and will just leave you feeling inferior.  Don't aim to look like someone else, set a goal to be the healthiest that you can be.  Struggling with emotional barriers often leads to the use of supplements, quick fix diets and fitness crazes that are never long-term healthy solutions.

Emotional Eating

Eating due to emotions is on of the most popular emotional barriers that keep people from being healthy today.  Nearly everyone has eaten at some time without being physically hungry but emotional eaters do this for a control issue that really requires guidance and support to overcome.

 

Finances

It is easy to argue that it costs more to eat healthy however, that is just an easy way out of facing your emotional barriers.  Sure, it is relatively cheap and convenient to go through a fast food drive-thru every day but you can actually buy a lot more fresh food that is good for you for less money.  Do your shopping once a week and buy fresh vegetables and fruit and take the time to cut everything up so that it is convenient to throw a salad together for lunch or a fruit bowl together for a snack.  Look for local fresh fruit and vegetable stands in your area.  They traditionally set up on weekends and you will be surprised at just how far your dollar can go there for the freshest, healthiest and most delicious food.

Some people will argue that they do not have the extra money to join a health club but this is just another emotional barrier.  Walking outside is free and the scenery is great.  Also, if you look hard enough you will find free exercise classes of every type at community centers, schools and churches.  A little research can go a long way.

Keep A Journal

If you are trying to overcome your emotional barriers and become healthy, keeping a journal is essential.  Log everything that you eat, exercise completed and how you felt throughout the day.  If something happen at work that caused you do overeat, write that down.  The best way to identify where your issues are is to become aware of them.