Category: Holidays

As You Say Goodbye to 2020, Do the Same to Dieting Resolutions

Lake with mountain behind it Contributor: Staff at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center As the holidays arrive and the new year looms on the horizon, there’s a common question that rings out in conversations around the world. And a common answer is “dieting resolutions.” “What’s your New Year’s resolution?” Some people certainly have very specific goals in mind, but these [...]
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Eating Disorders and the Holidays

Woman considering life coach Contributor: Norman Kim, Ph.D. – National Director of Reasons Eating Disorder Center When we think about some of the particular challenges of struggling with an eating disorder over the holidays, the first thing most people might think about is the food, and understandably so. Food is a central part of the holidays for all of [...]
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Top 5 Tips for Dealing with Holiday Anxiety

Woman holding snow The holidays can be a source of joy and stress for people. This stress can be heightened for people with mental illnesses, including eating disorders. This is especially concerning for people with eating disorders since anxiety can intensify disordered behaviors [1]. Whether the holidays are stressful because of the increased focus on food or having [...]
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New Year—New You? Or Choosing Self-Acceptance and Self-Compassion

Woman with scarf New year’s resolutions are a common tradition in American culture. These resolutions often center around self-improvement or accomplishing goals and dreams. A common resolution is to eat healthier or exercise more. This is usually done with the intention of losing weight. Self-compassion and self-acceptance are rarely thought about, instead opting for critiquing ourselves. The fact [...]
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Don’t Let Eating Disorder Recovery Lead to Excess Holiday Stress

Girl struggling with eating disorder recovery over the holidays Contributor: Staff at Carolina House Even in a year as unusual as 2020, when our patterns have been disrupted and routines disturbed, you don’t have to look far to see signs that the holidays are coming. Neighbors putting up festive lights, workers hanging tinsel and decorating trees around town, and seasonal favorites blasting on the [...]
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Navigating the Holidays with an Eating Disorder During a Global Pandemic

Woman holding holiday lights Contributor: Staff at Montecatini Eating Disorder Treatment Center The Coronavirus (COVID-19) was declared a global pandemic in March of 2020 and presented a completely new way of living for most people worldwide. For those with eating disorders, the pandemic has had an even greater impact on their life. Now with the holidays right around the [...]
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How to Manage an Eating Disorder During Super Bowl Party Season

Football Contributor: Staff at Carolina House Many people consider major holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas to be detrimental to the emotional and mental health of individuals who have eating disorders. While individuals may have significant difficulty navigating these two holidays, there is another celebration early in the year that may cause those who have eating [...]
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Supporting Loved Ones Who Have Eating Disorders During the Holidays

Woman sitting with her dog Contributor: Staff at McCallum Place Whether you are caring for or supporting someone living with an eating disorder, you may be doubting your ability to provide what your loved one needs. The holidays may prove an especially difficult time for your loved one fighting eating disorder, as this season brings several food-centered celebrations. Many people [...]
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