And surprisingly, this new, more empathetic approach to my own needs also illuminated some ways to improve my diet.
I realized a carb crash around lunchtime was making me very tired during the day, so I eliminated sugar and processed carbohydrates and immediately had more energy. In shifting my focus away from weight loss to the real issues weighing on my life, I ended up losing 25 pounds.
I still have a long way to go, but developing empathy for myself was truly a breakthrough made possible by design thinking.
“Design thinking on the highest level is a way of reframing the way you look at the world and deal with issues, and the main thing is this idea of empathy,” Dr. Roth says. “If you have tried something and it hasn’t worked, then you’re working on the wrong problem.”