Eating Disorders – Tips for Recovery
A history of disordered eating behaviours can leave a person unable to accurately judge if they have a problem. They may also not be able to determine if they are at a healthy weight. Learning to trust your doctor or another support figure can help you understand where you are with improving your physical health and reaching a healthier weight. Below are some tips to help you with your recovery journey.
Boost your self-esteem:
Invest time in activities that interest you. These activities are often rewarding and fulfilling. These activities may include becoming involved in a social group or charity organisation. They may also include learning a new skill or going back to something you once enjoyed.
Don’t compare yourself to others:
Avoid things that trigger negative feelings about your body. Social and media portrayals of what’s considered physically attractive may encourage disordered eating behaviours.
Stick to the plan:
Even if you’re not feeling hungry, resist the urge to skip a meal. The same is true for a therapy session. Sticking to the plan will help you avoid slipping back into unhealthy behaviours.
Don’t surround yourself with people who encourage unhealthy behaviour
If your circle of friends doesn’t understand the problems you face, or if they engage in similar unhealthy behaviour, they may not be the best source of support as you try to heal. The same is true for websites or groups that advocate or glorify eating disorders, which can trigger unhealthy behaviours and harm your recovery process.
Identify troublesome scenarios
During talks with your therapist, you can identify situations that might evoke thoughts and feelings that trigger your eating disorder. By identifying these situations, you can develop a plan of action for when you find yourself in those situations.
Seek out positive role models
Many people who struggle with eating disorders have been able to rise above the illness to live healthy, normal lives. These are people you should aspire to be, not people who represent unhealthy images of what people “should” look like. Find healthy and happy role models to keep you motivated on your journey.
Never give up – recovery is possible!
For further advice on recovery, check out Eating Disorder Recovery Handbook: A Practical Guide to Long-Term Recovery.