How can I stop purging every time I feel anxious?
Last Updated: 10/23/2017 at 7:03pm
Alex DS Ellis, MA, LMFT
Marriage & Family Therapist
Feeling depressed or anxious can be so overwhelming. I want to help you feel better and be able to enjoy life. You are not alone and you deserve emotional support.
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Purging can help you feel in control of something whereas anxiety makes us feel out of control. Instead of purging, find something else that you can control. Try breathing in for eight counts, holding for eight counts, and breathing out for eight counts. This should help you calm yourself and resist the urge to purge.
Think about what makes you anxious, and then think about how purging will help cure that anxiety. This'll help you realise that purging won't help, and your brain won't tell you to do it
Try something that distracts you. Search for any activity you find pleassure in doing, and jump into it. Every person is different, but going for a walk, calling a friend, etc are some good ideas. Try to stay away fro your house until your desire of purging goes away, so that you're not tempted to do it.
you have to relax you mussels the moment you feel nervous. Keep telling yourself to relax and calm down.
Grounding techniques are great for anxiety. One that I like is finding a nearby object and thinking about what it is, what colors it is, what it's made of, what it may mean to you, its purpose, etc. Drinking camomile or peppermint tea will calm you down and lessen that nauseous feeling!
Find a way to distract yourself. Whether it be arts, music, sports, calling up a friend, or virtually anything to keep your mind from wandering there. Keep yourself busy. If you start feeling like you cannot do that try telling yourself "Wait 15 minutes." Usually by that time you have calmed down enough to rationally think. Seek professional help if it becomes a regular thing.
I like to reside my feelings in activities that calm me down. Maybe next time, try talking to a friend or finding an activity that will activate your mind.
Find other ways to cope with your anxiety. The next time you feel anxious, go on a walk. listen to some music, or watch some TV to focus your mind on something else. Start writing down what is making you anxious and work on ways to cope with triggers.
Distraction is the most helpful thing when it comes to stopping purging. Physically removing yourself from the situation is sometimes necessary, and getting yourself to a place where you can't purge.
In the past you have purged as a coping skill. Your body is actually gotten used to that coping skill so as you get anxious your body's reaction is to put wanting to purge. You might want to try looking into skills that help can help you stract yourself when you are feeling very anxious. As time goes by your body will get used to you using that skill instead of purging.
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