What I learned from fracturing a bone in my foot, it takes time to mend. However, healing emotional scars and wounds can take time to mend too. They are harder to see because they are invisible and internal, which makes them easier to ignore or deny altogether. The hardest part of coping with emotional pain, is facing it. When you don’t face it, things can go array.
When I was running away from my emotional pain, I became numb. I “stuffed” my feelings and emotions into a deep dark hole. I found artificial, unhealthy solace in an eating disorder (E.D.) at the time. I became so numbed that death was knocking on my door. At the time, I didn’t know exactly what, but something had to change in my life. I didn’t want to die.
Change can involve the fear of the unknown. Change can be a step outside your “comfort-zone.” It takes insight knowing that what may have worked before is not working anymore. But what makes change so difficult? Why does it feel so uncomfortable at the time? Here are some of the thoughts and barriers that I faced:
- Letting go of what is “familiar” can be scary. I could fail.
- Why rock the boat? It’s easier to keep things the way they are.
- I”m fearful that people may reject the “new” me.
- I’m angry that I “have to” change.
- Why can’t I stay the way I am?
- It’s overwhelming when I think about all that it takes to “get better.”
- I may lose people who might not be healthy for me.
- Who am I without “E.D.?”
- Last but not least, change can suck in the moment!