Home » Blog » Perfectionism Recovery Commandments for Eating Disorder & Anorexia Sufferers

Previous post:

Next post:

April 11, 2013

Perfectionism Recovery Commandments for Eating Disorder & Anorexia Sufferers

Frustrated lady at computer

Perfectionism Recovery Commandments:  Letting go of perfectionism and gaining appreciation of oneself.

Many of us that suffer from eating disorders or are in recovery from anorexia, bulimia or binge eating disorder are well acquainted with perfectionism.  We have harshly judged ourselves against others appearances or performances.  We have maintained an idealized image of ourselves that has lead to unrealistic expectations of what we expect from ourselves and bitter disappointment in how we look and what we achieve.  We have spent too much time trying to live up to the expectations of others, or at least what we think they expect from us.  As perfectionists, all of this has resulted in the diminishment of our self esteem and self worth.  The practice of perfectionism has taught us to drive ourselves relentlessly toward the goal with little to no compassion for ourselves.  We end up seeking our value in external appearances, accomplishments and approval while finding we have become vacuously detached from our inner selves, feelings and needs.

Recovery from an eating disorder requires one to develop new thoughts and habits that nurture our health and well-being.  Recovery requires the development of a conscience appreciation of ourselves as an entirely unique being who is deserving of self respect, self love and self compassion regardless of what we look like, what we achieve or the level of approval we feel from others.  Pretty much the antithesis of the fear and approval seeking that typically drive perfectionism.

Consider implementing the Perfectionist Recovery Commandments into your plan of eating disorder recovery.

I.        Thou shall be real.

II.       Thou shall accept oneself.

III.      Thou shall not try to be someone else.

IV.      Thou shall not judge oneself harshly.

V.       Thou shall respect oneself.

VI.      Thou shall treat oneself with dignity.

VII.     Thou shall not worry about what others think of oneself.

VIII.    Thou shall be gentle and compassionate with oneself.

IX.      Thou shall offer oneself unconditional love.

X.       Thou shall not compare oneself with another’s strengths, attributes or performance.

Share our content:Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Share on LinkedInPin on PinterestShare on RedditEmail this to someone

{ 0 comments… add one now }

Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post:

  • Social Icons

    Twitter Linked In Facebook Google+ YouTube Pinterest RSS
  • Social Icons

    Twitter Linked In Facebook Google+ YouTube Pinterest RSS
  • Addiction Hope Promo

    Information on Addiction. Eating Disorder Hope
  • HONcode Standard

    Eating Disorder Hope proudly complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information: verify here.

  • Eating Disorder News

    Eating Disorder News

    We are celebrating the ten-year anniversary of Eating Disorder Hope with a Recovery Video Series! Send in your video and share your inspirational story with us.

    Eating Disorder Recovery Stories

    Check Out Our Twitter Chat!

    The Best Eating Disorder Health Blogs of 2014

    Join us on April 10, 2015 at 4:00 PM EST for a Twitter Chat on “Anorexia & Genetics” with Special Guest: Cynthia M. Bulik, Ph.D., FAED. Dr. Bulik of UNC Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders discusses the fascinating developments and findings in the genetic research of anorexia. Click the Twitter bird or here for more info.

    Join our Google Hangout!

    The Best Eating Disorder Health Blogs of 2014
    Join Us on April 27, 2015 at 12:00 PM EST for a Google Hangout on “Treating Young Women with Eating Disorders and Co-occurring Issues” with Special Guest: Margaret Nagib, Psy.D. Dr. Nagib is a clinical psychologist with Timberline Knolls; she specializes in christian counseling, inner healing and treating eating disorders, trauma, addiction, self-injury and mood disorders. Click the Google Hangout Logo or here for more info.

    Eating Disorder Recovery Tips

    Eating Disorder Recovery Tips

    Learn about the top ten tips for attaining and maintaining eating disorder recovery. Learn more here.

  • Search Eating Disorder Hope