In EBT (Emotional Brain Training) I learned to Minimize Harm. When we’re extremely stressed a lot of us have programmed ourselves to harm ourselves. By repeating “Do not judge, minimize harm, know it will pass” over and over we can usually get through one of these dangerous-to-ourselves emotional brain states!
It’s a great tool in dealing with addictions, compulsions and bad habits – avoiding what EBT calls “reaching for external solutions”.
Here’s one way I’ve developed of minimizing harm in the grocery store…
If you are tempted to buy a food that you know isn’t good for your wellbeing but you can’t help putting it in your cart (sometimes it screams so loudly it feels like you have no choice!) also find your raw/healthy comfort food and put that in your cart too.
At the checkout counter, decide which one you really want. If you choose the temptation, buy both the temptation and the healthy treat.
When you get to your treat-eating place, eat the healthy treat first. You may just decide not to eat the temptation, to eat it later, to give it away or to just have a nibble of it and toss it out. — Way to minimize harm!
The emotional brain state that we are in when we are totally stressed out is Brain state 5, our Reptilian Brain, a fight-or-flight area of the brain responsible for nanosecond decisions intended to relieve you from stress quickly even by doing things which can be very damaging in the long run.
This brain state can really only understand the most simple of concepts. Deal with it like you would a very young child. And be aware this isn’t you, it’s just a brain state, just a faulty wire, a synapse gone wrong, wired to serve you when you did not have the tools to deal with stress. (Hence “Do not judge; I will not judge myself or others”, the long-form of the 5-tool).
Find out more about EBT at EBT.org
Enjoy The 28 Days Raw Program starting on Monday September 7th and learn more tools for your wellbeing that draw on EBT and other modalities.
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