Hello, friends! In this Q&A, I answer take a look at two questions relating to anxiety, appetite, and body image. The first tackles the issue surrounding losing your appetite when feeling anxious, while the second looks at persistent long-term struggles with a negative body image.
Hi Robert, I love the show and your books! I’ve been going through an episode of severe anxiety, which has happened several times in my life. I’ve learned ways to cope and improve (your podcast about healthy habits for anxiety is a big part of it!) but one thing I still really struggle with during these periods is eating. My stomach turns into a knot and my appetite goes to zero. I know that if I could get better nutrition I would feel better but I just can’t force myself to eat. I often lose weight rapidly during these periods, which I don’t want. Is this common? I hear more about stress-eating. Any advice or tips? Thanks so much!
Hey, I haven’t seen any episodes on body image issues and was wondering if you could talk about this issue more.
I remember having body image issues since about ten (maybe earlier). I have worked really hard on my mental health in general but I can’t seem to escape this issue. My body image has been progressively getting better as I’m getting older and working on myself. This has recently changed since I had my second child who’s now one. That pregnancy really took a toll on my body. I’m left with a body I don’t recognize. I do all the things I can do to help make myself feel better, but I know there are some things that can’t be fixed. Every time I look in the mirror I just want to cry (and sometimes I do). My husband says I have body dysmorphia. There’s no way I can tell if I have it, cuz I really think I look a certain way, so how could I know if I actually don’t lol. I do feel like it’s a possibility because when I look back on old pictures I realize I don’t at all look like how I thought I did at the time. I always wonder how some women can be so proud of their imperfections post-pregnancy, but I obsess over mine. Honestly, I don’t think I can ever be at peace with my imperfections but would appreciate advice on how to not obsess about them.
Thank you so much. I absolutely love your podcast. It has helped my mental health immensely. I listen whenever I feel anxious because it helps calm me down.
Episode 260 – Related Posts
As well as listening to the podcast, you can also find my thoughts on the questions in written format in these related posts!
Question 1 – Why can’t I eat when I’m anxious? – Duff The Psych
Question 2 – How can I improve the relationship I have with my body? – Duff The Psych
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