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March 9, 2023

🌿 Intentional Living: Create a narrative that builds security📝

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In This Issue:

Featured Wellness Message: Create a Narrative That Builds Security

Recommended Resource: Overcoming Child Sexual Abuse Podcast with Host Kathy Anderson

My Psychology Today Article: The Link Between Eating Disorders and Attachment Styles

Create a Narrative That Builds Security

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How many times have you told yourself, "I can't handle this"? A lot, right? And looking back on those tough situations, how many times were you truly unable to handle the situation? Probably not many. So why is our self-talk so often negative? And moreover, how can we change it?

When we relate to ourselves with a language of fear, it is nearly impossible to be at ease with other people, with food, or with our bodies. When we doubt our abilities or avoid what's scary, we can undermine feeling secure in ourselves—and interfere with knowing what we want, what we don't want, and who we want to be close to.

Don't settle on a narrative based in fear by telling yourself, "I can't do this." Instead, create a narrative of trust and security, using words such as "I've got this" or "I can handle this even though it is hard." Then, invite moments of stillness through meditation, gentle walking, or other tuning-in activities, noticing what is true for you in this moment.

Accepting what is difficult and telling yourself you'll get through it anyway fosters tolerance, love, honesty, and resilience. Not only will your relationship to yourself improve, but it will make it easier to communicate and connect with others—and to engage intentional eating.

XO,
Dr. Gia

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“Stepping onto a brand-new path is difficult, but not more difficult than remaining in a situation which is not nurturing…”
—Maya Angelou

Overcoming Child Sexual Abuse Podcast with Host Kathy Anderson

Child sexual abuse is a significant public health problem. According to the CDC, about 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 13 boys in the United States experience child sexual abuse. Research shows an incredible range of health consequences over a lifetime, from depression to substance abuse. There are also studies that suggest child sexual abuse correlates to an increased risk for eating disorders.

Resources like Overcoming Child Sexual Abuse: The Podcast can be a lifeline for survivors. This positive and uplifting series, created by host and award-winning author Kathy Anderson, is designed to help overcome the struggles that remain in the adult lives of those who have experienced child sexual abuse. In its fourth season and more than 30 guests, the podcast brings together leading experts and inspiring contributors who share practical approaches and new knowledge to help adults break free from the ongoing trauma, triggers, and turmoil of child sexual abuse—and create a life filled with authentic happiness.

Be sure to subscribe to the podcast so you don't miss out on Dr. Gia's interview in Season Four, coming soon!

The Link Between Eating Disorders and Attachment Styles

Find out what role relationships play in eating disorder recovery

Many studies suggest that relational dynamics can trigger and maintain eating problems—and also provide support in recovery from them. So it stands, then, that attachment styles may hold some keys to healing from body dissatisfaction, binge eating disorder, anorexia nervosa, bulimia, and other disordered eating behaviors.

Attachment styles describe the ways in which people establish and maintain relationships. Attachment styles may be secure or insecure. Research suggests that those with insecure attachment styles are more vulnerable to eating disorders—and those with secure attachments have a greater chance at recovery.

A network of dependable connections with others can provide a sense of security, acceptance, and belonging, all of which can contribute to increased self-worth and self-acceptance. Trustworthy relationships offer both emotional support to get through the difficulties of recovery as well as practical support when it comes to meal preparation, helpful distraction during hard times, and planning enjoyable activities as a way to stay motivated for recovery.

For a list of ways you can practice secure attachment as an adult, read my full Psychology Today article.

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