Friday, 15 August 2014

EATING DISORDER RECOVERY TIPS & SELF-HELP

An article taken from the Eating Disorder Hope website encouraging self-recovery/help and guidance on such tasks.
Recovery from an eating disorder does not always occur when you are with a therapist or in a treatment program. The strains and stresses from eating disorders affect everyone around the clock. It is those moments when you don’t have an eating disorder specialist or counselor in front of you that are some of the most critical. Eating Disorder Hope has compiled a resource for eating disorder tips and self-help: emotional management, mentoring resources, coping skills, and other recovery advice to help you through an eating disorder. 
  • Eating disorder recovery often transitions through different phases.  This can include the transition through different levels of care and even the experience of relapse.  Having the tools and resources you need for your journey can help you maintain your recovery from an eating disorder, even through transitional phases.  Learn more about how to successful progress through eating disorder recovery.
  • Discussing any sensitive situation with your parents is quite difficult. Attempting to speak with them about a sensitive topic such as an eating disorder that can kill you is even more difficult. However, do not forget that your parents love you, and they want you to be safe and healthy. Do not fall into the misguided belief that you can handle the binge eating, anorexia or bulimia on your own. You need help and two of the most important people that can help you get through the eating disorder disease are your parents.
Articles for the Holidays
  • You can still have a joyful and happy holiday even if you are fighting with an eating disorder. The time spent around friends and family can give you the support you need to begin healing from the ED. Know that you areworth a life free from eating disorders.
  • Gratitude and thankfulness play important roles in an eating disorder recovery. Showing gratitude help alleviate the numbness that comes with the eating disorder struggle. it is important to concentrate on what you do have and not on what you do not have. Being gracious and showing gratitude helps to take the focus off you and onto someone else or something else. This helps the eating disorder sufferer to be more positive which can be influential in changing the eating disordered life.
  • The celebratory drop of the New Year’s Eve ball marks the end of a year and the beginning of new experiences and opportunities.  For many individuals January 1st serves as an opportunity to establish resolutionsand various ways of improving one’s life.  While such intentions may appear innocuous to some, for individuals struggling with an eating disorder this seemingly simple tradition can transform into an overwhelming, competition for success, quantified by numbers on a scale. The after-holiday onslaught of advertisements popularizing physical improvements and externally-related goals only exacerbates the challenge of establishing resolutions that focus on something other than physical appearance.
  • Coping Tips for Getting Through the Holidays - For many people around the country, November 22, 2012 signaled the beginning of the holiday season.  However, Thanksgiving only marks the start of the onslaught of holiday celebrations.
  • Eating Disorder Challenges During the Holidays – In the US, up to 24 million people of all ages and genders suffer from anorexia, bulimia or binge eating disorder[1].  For those who struggle with an eating disorder, or strive to recover from one, the holidays can be a challenging time. The celebrations really start on October 31 with Halloween and basically draw to an end the beginning of January with the ringing in of a new year.
Key Recovery Articles
  • Making the decision to save your life and seek treatment for an eating disorder is only the first step. There are many more hurdles to overcome. One of the most daunting challenges is finding a way to pay for treatment.There are several financial options available, but you have to dig deep to uncover the resources available.
  • The journey to an eating disorder recovery is long road to travel. It takes alifelong commitment and dedication to the process. There are several key stages that are important in the recovery process, but over time, these phases will vary depending on where you are in your journey.
  • Utilizing 12 Step Principles in the Treatment of Eating Disorders – If you have been researching various treatment methods for eating disorders and/or addiction, you may have come across the 12-step program. The principles outlined in this program can be profoundly helpful in the recovery process for eating disorders, especially when combined with other forms of therapy. Examples of some of the values included in this program are honesty, hope, and reconnecting to self and others. Read this article to learn more about how the guiding principles in the 12-step recovery can be a powerful tool towards healing and recovery.
Articles on Self-Soothing
  • The First Step to Self-Care – Establishing self-care begins with learning about who you are and where you want to be. Follow the exercise contained in this article to begin your self-care journey.
Articles on Managing Emotions
  • Trauma, Grief and Eating Disorders – People deal with grief and trauma differently, but often, people will use food to help comfort their pain or exert some sort of control over raging feelings. By not employing proven coping skills and using food as a distraction, it can lead to an eating disorder.
  • The Importance of Emotional Expression – Expressing emotions constructively and through healthy avenues is necessary and important in recovery. Learn more about this topic in this helpful article.
  • Feelings are Important – Choosing to ignore or push aside deep feelings and emotions can be detrimental to overall health and well-being. Learn about the power of acknowledging and appreciating feelings in this encouraging article.
  • Strength Lies in Talking About it – Eating Disorders are complex diseases rooted in secrecy. Learning to reach out, ask for support, and talk about struggles is fundamental is drawing strength for recovery. Learn more by reading this article.
  • Eating Disorder Mindset – Eating Disorders are usually driven by an unhealthy internal dialogue. Thought restructuring skills are essential to recovery. Discover more about this by reading these articles.
More Articles on Self-Help & Recovery
  • Women, the Jewish Community and Eating Disorders – Food is a prevalent part of the Jewish community. The Jewish culture celebrates many holidays that involve food preparation and others involve fasting. Even the weekly planning for Shabbat focuses on three festive meals. So much focus on food can begin to affect a young impressionable Jewish woman.
  • The 12 Step Program of Recovery and Eating Disorders – Originally developed over 65 years ago by a small group of recovering alcoholics, the twelve-step program has become an important part of the recovery process and the foundation for many recovery programs.  Though the twelve-step program was proposed by Alcoholics Anonymous as an approach to recovery from Alcoholism, the methods have been adapted to a process that addresses a wide-range of substance-abuse and dependency issues.
  • Health As a Recovery Tool – Eating disorders result in devastating health and medical consequences. Read these articles to learn more about this important topic.
  • Eating Disorders and Mindfulness – The practice of mindfulness is especially important to those struggling with eating disorders. Read these articles to learn more about this.
  • Eating Disorder Relapse – In eating disorder recovery, relapse prevention is critical. Read this valuable article to learn more about how to establish relapse prevention in your own journey.
  • The Object of Comfort – Often times, eating disorders develop as a means of coping through a traumatic or distressing period in a man or woman’s life. As eating disorders offer a false sense of control and security, it can be all the more difficult to let go of these damaging behaviors. Read this inspiring article to learn more about the healing process through recovery.
  • Walking in Recovery – Recovery is a long journey with many twists and turns, up and downs. Learn about the process of eating disorder recovery and the importance of humility.
Published on EatingDisorderHope.com, Resources for Eating Disorder Information and Treatment

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