Colette Baron-Reid has advice for those who are highly sensitive or feel an excess of empathy towards others. Her book, Weight Loss for People Who Feel Too Much, offers a four step plan over the course of eight weeks.
Step One is “Speak Your Truth.” Examining one’s relationship with food and feelings allows one to recognize patterns. The highly empathic person is strongly affected by both the bad and the good feelings of others. They may be so overwhelmed by emotions that they turn to food.
Step Two is “Own Your Truth.” It isn’t enough to know things intellectually. One has to break through resistance in order to change. A grieving process may be necessary before one is rid of past bad habits and can begin to listen to one’s body.
Step Three is “Reclaim Your Power to Choose.” Self-awareness leads to better, healthier decisions. It may not be a good idea to weigh oneself every day. For some, the number on the scale can make or break a day. Avoiding distressing stories in the media is another suggestion.
Step Four is “Reconnect Without Losing Yourself.” Once boundaries are established, one can interact with others without emotional overload. Adding movement can help to reconnect with one’s own body.
The author says adopting this approach is simple but not easy. It requires mindfulness and planning.