The importance of compassion when you’re fearful – Michelle Sparkes

The importance of compassion when you’re fearful

I recently asked people what their greatest challenge or concern was when it came to their struggle in the ED/DE landscape. One respondent asked how to combat her fear of gaining weight when she “knew she must.” It got me thinking about the importance of compassion.

If you are scared of gaining weight but know you need to the following two podcasts will help you move forward:

Coping with weight gain 1 

Coping with weight gain 2

But beyond this, a word on COMPASSION. When we experience understanding and genuine compassion from others we become more SELF-compassionate and this helps shift our motivation from what [this person described as] needing harsh “force” to change, to accepting a kinder, gentler, more supportive and internally-guided rhythm and pace to change. This shift from what feels like exterior to internal motivation takes TIME. So be gentle with yourself and if you are struggling to practice self compassion seek out others who can model compassion TO you

About the Author

Michelle is a physiotherapist and professional counsellor with lived experience of anorexia, EDNOS and binge-eating in her teen and early adult years. Founder of Women Worth their Weight, and author of Illuminating Anorexia Michelle is passionate about helping people recover from these health and life consuming problems.