I don’t know about you but I don’t pause very often. For me, an important part of learning to honor my hunger is to understand when I am truly hungry. In the busy of life, I don’t often take the time to pause before I reach for something to eat – often when I am not hungry. This is where anchoring comes in.
Just as a nautical anchor keeps a boat still in the water, I found an anchor of my own that has me stay still for a moment in time to assess what I really need. My anchor is in the form of a simple and beautiful Jennifer Meyer ring that my cousin Joy gave me for Christmas a few years back. I wear it all the time. Yes, even to bed. When I think about eating, this ring drops an anchor in my thought process and has me assess what I really need in that moment. If I am hungry, I eat. If I’m not, I fulfill that urge in another way.
I originally learned this concept at Weight Watchers years ago. I no longer “diet” and I still think this is powerful. This is what Weight Watchers has to say about anchors:
“An anchor can be anything you choose, anything you associate with those power-boosting emotions: sights, sounds, smells, textures, tastes, people, places or things. The more personal the anchor, the more powerful it can be.”
“Anything that puts you in a positive frame of mind and conjures up a time when you felt strong and confident will do the trick — and it doesn’t have to be a tangible object.”
Anchors can be anything – here are a few ides:
- Piece of jewelry (like my ring or a simple bracelet)
- An inspirational quote
- A prayer
- A song
- A specific friend to call
These are your anchors when you need to pause for a moment. Touch or simply notice the piece of jewelry, read the quote, say the prayer, listen to the song or call that friend. Pause, notice and decide what you really need.
What’s your anchor?