When the Past is a Weight on Our Shoulders
by Steven Price, MA, LPCA
For many, weight loss seems like a never ending battle against the scale. One day we are down a pound, the next we are up two. There are a great many challenges that keep us from reaching our goals such as daily stresses at work or in life, a lack of time for exercise, a lack of understanding about nutrition, or simply unhealthy eating habits. I’m afraid there are challenges that many never realize they are battling against as well: wounds from the past, unresolved grief, loneliness, just to name a few.
Many who suffered in childhood (separation from parents, divorce, bullying, or worse) continue to suffer into adulthood. If not healed, childhood wounds can linger, negatively impacting nearly every aspect of a person’s life including his or her work, health, emotional wellbeing, friendships, or romantic relationships. We may find ourselves living less and eating more.
The Bible says that Jesus came so we may have and experience an abundant life, or life to the full (John 10:10b), but many of us have experienced the opposite of that. Why? Because, as Jesus said in John 10:10a, “the thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy” and many of us are still living with the wounds that came at such a young age.
God wants to heal those broken or wounded places in each and every one of us, but sometimes we need a little help along that healing journey.
Whether our experiences have left us struggling with anxiety, depression, unhealthy weight gain, or unhealthy eating habits, partnering with a counselor can help you not only see, but reach the light at the end of the tunnel.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) are often used with individuals struggling with such hardships. These therapies often work well when symptoms include unhealthy weight gain and unhealthy eating habits ranging from erratic relationships with food to actual eating disorders, such as binge-eating disorder (BED). Many believe that if they aren’t suffering from a specific or diagnosed eating disorder that they do not have a problem with food, but there are many individuals who use food in an unhealthy way to cope with life rather than choosing healthier outlets, including counseling and healing. Healing from their pasts and teaching men and women better coping mechanisms can greatly impact the trajectory of their lives—including improving overall health, wellness, weight, and happiness.
Whether you are struggling with stress, anxiety, depression, wounds, or grief, there is help. By seeking good therapy and coaching from proven and effective counseling practices, we can partner together to not only heal the broken heart, but to set you on a path to greater health and happiness.
The first step is to have a conversation. We’re here for you, and we’ll walk with you throughout the journey to get rid of the unwanted weight and worry. Just call 1-919-851-1527. We’ll move forward together.