Emotions get such a bad press in the weight loss industry and many of us, me included, often blame our emotions for our eating habits. Well supposing your emotions were just like your alarm clock? A warning signal! Think about it...is it the alarm clock that gets you out of bed in the morning or is it yourself that recognises the signal and then acts accordingly? It is you, as you are the one that has attached the meaning to the signal and you are the one that has taken the action. Emotions are the same... they are warning signals and each one has a purpose. We are the ones that attach the meanings and choose our actions. Next time any of the following emotions come up for you, take a second and remember its purpose....what meanng are you gonna give it and what action are you gonna take: ANGER - Lets you know your boundaries have been violated SADNESS - Lets you know you have lost something FEAR - Warns you of possible danger HURT - Lets you know what to heal ANXIETY - Tells you to focus on what you want FRUSTRATION - Lets you know something is not quite right, yet! DEPRESSION - is a choice (controversial viewpoint I know, but that is my viewpoint!) HAPPINESS - is all in your mind. You can create whatever happiness you choose and your actions will follow suit. Feel the feeling, take the message of it on board and then take the appropriate actions. For example, if you're angry about something what would be better? Let whoever has violated your boundary know and then move on or live with the anger for as long as it takes you to really become "depressed"?? Remember, if you do what you've always done you will get what you've always got! If you want something different, then do something different and that could start with changing how you are gonna deal with your emotions.