Jul 5, 2022
If we look at the transtheoretical model of change, in the first stage you are not aware at all that a change is even needed. Then, we move into a state of pre-contemplation as the rumblings are growing louder. Next, we have the contemplation phase where you are actively thinking of making. a change. Finally, you get to a stage where you are actually ready to make a plan and change. All of those steps are part of the change process and anywhere you are on that path you have to honor the change you're in. - Eric Zimmer
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Behavior Coach, Certified Interfaith Spiritual Director, Podcast Host, and Writer, Eric Zimmer, returns to Wellness + Wisdom to share the concept of befriending your negative emotions, how to both treat and prevent depression with self-love, the difference between emotions and feelings plus determining when it's time for a change in your life.
With everything that you have been through and have learned, what is blocking you from being more compassionate towards yourself and others? What is one way that you can cultivate greater compassion?
By the end of this episode, you will have the tools to have a better relationship and understanding of your negative thoughts and emotions to essentially let them go.
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"I both prevent and treat depression with self-love. However, self-love is not something that we can just flip a switch on. It takes time even years to develop a deeper self-love practice with yourself. When it comes to preventing depression with self-love, it's really about not allowing myself to get locked in ruminative states where my brain swirls round and round especially self-critical thoughts. For treating depression, I work on recognizing and stopping shameful thought patterns like "I shouldn't feel this way," or "I shouldn't get depressed," because those can really take over in my mind." - Eric Zimmer
"Being on your own side is not about being right in an argument or anything like that but always wanting the best and healthiest thing for yourself. I always want to support myself and have my own back. That is a really powerful place to come from for self-love and personal development growth." - Eric Zimmer
"How do I befriend my negative emotions, not ostracize them, and create a healthier relationship with them? When we see greed, anger, or hatred as only bad, it's like cutting off a part of ourselves sometimes. What you resist persists and if you're fighting against these negative emotions all of the time in a sense you're engaging with them in a very strong way. Not resisting them so much can be much more helpful as you observe and move through them." - Eric Zimmer
A behavior coach, Certified Interfaith Spiritual Director, podcast host, and writer, Eric Zimmer, is endlessly inspired by the quest for a greater understanding of how our minds work and how to intentionally create the lives we want to live.
At the age of 24, Eric was homeless, addicted to heroin and facing long jail sentences. In the years since he has found a way to recover from addiction and build a life worth living for himself.
Eric works as a behavior coach and has done so for the past 20 years. He has coached hundreds of people from around the world on how to make significant life changes and create habits that serve them well in achieving the goals they’ve set for themselves.
In addition to his work as a behavior coach, he currently hosts the award-winning podcast, The One You Feed, based on an old parable about two wolves at battle within us. With nearly 500 episodes and over 25 million downloads, the show features conversations with experts across many fields of study about how to create a life that has less suffering and more fulfillment and meaning.
Guests on the show include scientists, authors, researchers, teachers, thought leaders, spiritual gurus, and public figures and all offer practical, actionable wisdom that listeners can readily apply to their daily lives in order to act their way into a better experience of living.
His story and his work have been featured in the media including TedX, Mind Body Green, Elephant Journal, the BBC and Brain Pickings.