Relapse Prevention Tips
If you have determined that you may have an addiction to food or addictive tendencies, it is important to have a relapse prevention plan. This will assist you in avoiding going back to addictive behaviors or problematic patterns to stay on track with your weight loss goals, becoming balanced, mind, body and spirit.
- Practice HALT: Be sure not to get too Hungry, Angry, Lonely or Tired. If so know how to satisfy those feelings in lieu of overeating.
- Stay nourished, hydrated, sleep well and exercise. This process involves the mind, body and spirit.
- Commit to daily structure and routine. We all have a formula for success in order to be our best selves. Stick to it, as you do a relapse can be recognized way before it is acted upon.
- Prayer and meditation.
- Attend a support group, call a friend.
- Give thanks for another day, be mindful, taking it one day at a time. Getting too far in the past or future leads to stinking thinking, anxiety symptoms or depressive symptoms. Stay in the moment.
- Seek knowledge and counsel to learn how to manage mood symptoms. Most relapses our due to our reaction to people, places and situations. Learn how to cope with uncomfortable feelings, work through them and let them go instead of turning to food for comfort.
If you feel burdened by negative self messages, shame and guilt for the past or excessive worry for the future, find a professional to talk with about your inner most thoughts and feelings in order to be free of the past and look forward hope and expectancy. Counseling can assist with gaining insight and wisdom to change.
On a daily basis strive to improve ourselves intellectually, emotionally, spiritually, physically and socially in our relationships with others.