Eating disorders often center on negative thoughts and the compulsive need to take control of your life through food intake or output. They can be triggered by many things such as anxiety, depression, or difficult situations. Here are some tips to help you to move forward in your healing:
- Regularly remind yourself that being healthy is your goal, not a number or a size.
- Resist the urge to diet or skip meals. When your meals are regular, managing what you eat becomes more automatic and less of an event.
- Identify troublesome situations that are likely to trigger thoughts or behaviors that may contribute to your eating disorder. Develop a plan to deal with them.
- Look for positive role models that help boost your self-esteem.
- Avoid websites that glorify eating disorders, or make you feel bad about your appearance.
- Find activities and hobbies that can help distract you.
- Forgive yourself when you make mistakes.
- Build up your self-esteem by focusing on positives thoughts about yourself.
- Recognize your accomplishments and give yourself encouragement to keep moving forward.
When struggling with an ongoing eating disorder, it is incredibly helpful to work with a therapist who specializes in this specific issue. Your therapist may also include a doctor or nutritionist to be part of your care team. Treatment for an eating disorder will help you to recognize your triggers, and identify ways for you to work through the underlying issues that are causing distress.