How to Be-Friend Our Unhealthy Survival Mechanisms

For the next twenty-three years of my life, anorexia, my coping system, became the only thing I cared about, and I likewise had sub-symptoms like stress and anxiety, cutting, and depression.

This is how Ive had the ability to free myself from the symptoms that had a hold on me, and heres a way for you to get begun today, if this resonates.

Survival mechanisms are ways of being that we got along the way to help us cope with what was taking place in our reality.

“Wounded kids have a rage, a sense of stopped working justice that burns in their souls. What do they finish with that rage? Considering that they would never ever hurt another, they turn that rage inward. They end up being the target of their own rage.” ~ Woody Haiken

So, how did it finally let go? I took my healing into my own hands. I was figured out to experience happiness, love, and inner peace.

I used food to cope with the environment I was living in when I was little bit. I was constantly told I was bad and incorrect, and food assisted relieve my feelings of insecurity. It in fact ended up being a fascination and the only thing I appreciated.

Getting mad at ourselves for doing what we do only promotes self-hate. We discovered ways to help us soothe our traumas, hurt, and pain and perhaps get love and attention.

Unhealthy coping systems do not complimentary us; theyre just a method to numb our discomfort, injury, and hurt, however they likewise keep us from really living.

By comprehending what were trying to cope with rather of running or numbing, were able to see what we actually require, get those requirements satisfied, and experience inner peace. This is called loving re-parenting. Because thats what loving parenting looks like: using kindness, understanding, compassion, and caring rather of judgment, criticism, and abandonment.

Trying to eliminate a symptom– like overeating, cutting, or smoking cigarettes– is fighting against our own biology. By making peace with it, by listening with empathy and understanding, we can assist that part of ourselves get its needs fulfilled, and frequently the sign naturally disappears.

Even after twenty-three years of therapy and healthcare facilities and treatment centers, it was still my rescuer.

You see, that thing that a hold of me, it was truly my pal; it was my protector, and it worked till it no longer did. Rather of attempting to get rid of it, I integrated it. Now it didnt need to choose up another survival mechanism; rather, we ended up being loving buddies.

Part of us thinks it requires to do these things in order to feel safe or be loved and accepted by others. That part of us does not understand logic and factor; it comprehends emotions and feeling.

I sobbed and cried for it to go away, but it took control of my life every day. I desired somebody to conserve me from this thing, but the more I tried to let go, the more it had a hold.

I was existing however not living. My days and nights were consumed by trying to cope with life through consuming and exercise. What a life, eh?

I ought to simply stop consuming a lot, drinking alcohol, smoking, exhausting myself through compulsive exercise, being hectic, procrastinating, people pleasing, and so on. Easy peasy– just stop? Not when we have an “internal fight.”

It has a requirement to be enjoyed and feel safe and secured, and it uses these things to get these requirements satisfied. Letting go resembles jumping out of a plane without a parachute. Pretty damn frightening, eh?

My entire focus in life became how I might get food to comfort me. I was teased for being fat from the popular ladies, and I heard it in your home from my dad calling me “fatty, fatty two by 4.”

This was a process, not an over night repair, but I started recovering the unsettled issues that caused me to not feel safe, comprehending my survival systems function for me, and loving and accepting myself unconditionally. By doing so, the anorexia, anxiety, cutting, and anxiety no longer required my attention, and I released those signs..

I didnt know what was going on at the time; all I understood was that eating was all I desired to do. Then, when I wasthirteen, my physician told me to go on a diet, and at age fifteen I entered my very first medical facility for anorexia.

I believed I was safeguarding myself, but actually, I was residing in a jail; I was the prison guard and the detainee of my own creating. But I couldnt stop; it was like this thing had a hold on me.

Thats what happens internally: the fear of letting go consumes us, and many typically appears as an anxious feeling; then we get our survival system again to relieve that sensation. Its like operating on a hamster wheel however not actually getting anywhere.

1. Move into approval of who you are and what youre experiencing. Replace judgment with empathy, knowing that youre doing the best you can with what you understand today, and youre discovering and growing as you go.

2. Take a deep breath, close your eyes, and picture youre talking with your unhealthy survival mechanism.

3. Ask it, “Why are you here? Whats your function?”.

4. Ask it what it requires so it no longer has to get your attention through the symptoms youre having.

For any “symptom,” it may also be useful to comprehend secondary gain. Ask yourself, “How is being this method getting me somebody, attention, and love to look after me so I do not have to take individual duty or stop working as a human being?”.

Or the part of you thats experiencing depression may let you know that its tired of attempting so difficult to fulfill other individualss expectations of how you need to be, and its time for you to honor yourself and discover methods to get your requirements satisfied, so you dont feel so powerless.

The part of you thats binge eating might let you know it requires a safe location to procedure and express your sensations, someplace that youre seen, heard, liked, and accepted unconditionally. It might also let you know that its time to discover how to set healthy boundaries.

5. Discover methods to get your needs met. Inform yourself, “I offer myself approval to take caring care of myself and do good ideas for my body and health. I am liked. I am safe.”.

6. Practice consciousness, which is becoming conscious of our ideas, actions, and sensations. This allows us to see whats truly going on internally that might be asking for compassion, love, healing, and a brand-new understanding.

Debra Mittler is a warm and caring therapist with an unique capability to touch peoples hearts and souls. She delights in assisting others in loving and accepting themselves unconditionally, sensation at peace in their body, and living authentically. Debra is a leading authority in overcoming challenges and supports her clients by holding an area of genuine love and offering motivation, effective tools, and valuable insights allowing them to experience and listen to their own inner knowledge.

This is a procedure and its different for everyone. The key is to be loving and compassionate with whatever youre experiencing, and to bear in mind that theres nothing wrong with you. Even if youre experiencing “symptoms” that seem unacceptable to society, the reality is youre a lovely, valuable, lovable being who deserves to heal and deserves a fantastic and satisfying life journey.

We found methods to help us relieve our injuries, hurt, and discomfort and possibly get love and attention. It has a need to be liked and feel safe and secured, and it uses these things to get these requirements fulfilled. Rather of trying to get rid of it, I integrated it. By comprehending what were attempting to cope with rather of running or numbing, were able to see what we actually need, get those requirements satisfied, and experience inner peace. Discover methods to get your needs met.


When we ask ourselves, “Why am I believing, feeling, and acting in this manner?” we may become aware of core beliefs like “Im unlovable” or “Im unworthy.” Its because of these core beliefs that were feeling, believing, acting, and perceiving the methods we are. If we believe we think were basically bad, of course we d treat ourselves terribly.

We can begin recovering the youth wounds that developed those beliefs and then shifting how we see ourselves when we understand what the motorist actually is. By doing so, we naturally begin to believe, feel, and act in a different way.

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