Introduction to Eating Disorder!
Ways to cope with Eating Disorders:
1. GO TO A PROFESSIONAL RIGHT AWAY.
It could be a therapist, doctor, social worker, teacher, school counselor, free source (such as NEDA), etc.
2. LET AT LEAST ONE PERSON YOU FULLY TRUST KNOW OF THE CURRENT SITUATION.
You don’t need to go into detail, but you should express that a little extra support could go a long way in the current circumstance. Your support system is everything. These people will not let you quit. They will remind you that you are so very worthy and more than enough.
3. STAY ON TOP OF YOUR NUTRITION.
Do not use this time of struggling as an excuse to act on any negative thoughts your mind tells you. Believe me, I know the whole, “I’m already doing this bad so this doesn’t matter” thought process. It’s a lie. Hold yourself accountable. It doesn’t have to be what everyone else is eating. It can be something you’re “comfortable” with. As long as you are fueling your body in some way.
4. LIST OUT ALL OF THE REASONS WHY YOU DESERVE RECOVERY.
You need to be here because you have someone in your life who depends on you and loves you. When you can’t think of any reason to love yourself, think harder because the people in your life are obviously around for a reason. Probably multiple reasons, actually. There are many great qualities that make you, you.
5. KEEP A JOURNAL OF TRIGGERS.
Include how they make you feel when they usually occur, and ideas on how to combat these triggers are a great way to stay on top of your progress. When I try out my ideas I cross off the ones that didn’t work and star the ones that do. I also journal out every thought that races through my head, even if it doesn’t make sense. At least you’re getting it out there and not bottling it up.
I find music to be one of the most therapeutic things that always finds a way to express what you cannot put into words. There’s always a song out there that just gets it. The songs where the lyrics are literally speaking right to you and all of a sudden it’s a rush of relief.
7. DAILY QUOTES AND MANTRAS.
There’s nothing a good quote can’t cure or at least help. Looking up motivational, inspiring, and positive quotes, affirmations, and mantras is a great distraction, but it also simultaneously may give you the courage and confidence boost you need to convince yourself that you’ve got this. Each day I have a new quote or mantra that I repeat to myself whenever I feel stressed, anxious, or down. I have a whole notebook dedicated to recovery quotes and filled with affirmations. My favorite quotes get printed out and I hang them up in my room. That way, each day I have some form of positivity.
8. BE SELFISH
And by that I mean focus on your “me time.” Hone into what you want to do and what will relax you. Want to dive into a book and pretend you’re living in another world just to escape yours for a little while? Go right ahead. Want to light some candles and take a bubble bath? Go light some candles and take a bubble bath. Want to scream and break some stuff? Go scream and break some stuff (safely, please). Anything that you find to be healing for your mind, body, and soul.
Go find a funny video, watch a funny movie, or reminisce on a ridiculous memory. Whatever it is that’s going to get you smiling. Never underestimate the power of a good laugh. When you feel like it’s the last thing you want to do is when you need it most and when it is the most powerful.
10. THROW OUT THE SCALE.
Don’t use the mirror unless you have to. Even then, pick out an outfit you like, throw it on, see if it matches and tell yourself you’re beautiful and walk away from that mirror. The scale only shows a measure of gravitational pull and the mirror is just glass. Both mean absolutely nothing. Neither show your spirit. And isn’t that more important than a number or a piece of glass?
Whatever point you are at right now, whether you are thinking about the recovery of an eating disorder, just started recovery, or have been in recovery for years now, the relapses will happen. However, they will start to happen less and less, but that requires you to keep fighting. The strength to wake up every day and fight for your life against your own mind is extraordinary. It is something most will never understand, but it’s also something that you should feel so proud of.
It requires your tireless dedication and to dig down deep. Deeper than you think you ever could, but you do it. You will continue to do this because you can do this. Recovery is not easy, but it is possible and so very worth it. We all deserve a happy and healthy life. Our bodies are our temples and they deserve love and respect, just like you do.