Category: Holidays

All I Want for Christmas is My Eating Disorder Recovery

Christmas tree ornament Contributor: Kirsten Haglund, Community Relations Representative for Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment and Founder and President of the Kirsten Haglund Foundation Let’s get real: what was the last the gift you received for Christmas, or the holidays, that you remember, or made a profound impact on your life?  Unless it was something massively life-changing, like a marriage [...]
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Spending the Holidays in Treatment and Keeping Your Traditions

Woman with Binge eating disorder during the Holidays The holidays are a complicated time for those in eating disorder treatment.  While the festivities may be exciting, it’s hard to imagine celebrating as one usually does without the home, traditions, and family they normally have around them. While your holiday celebrations will undoubtedly be different in treatment, you can still have a joyous time! Focus [...]
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Don’t Wait Until “After the Holidays” for Residential Treatment

Woman drinking cocoa It is never easy to acknowledge the necessity for residential treatment when you are struggling with an eating disorder. The thought of leaving your life and loved ones to attend treatment is scary and becomes even more difficult around the holidays. At this time, it may be tempting to wait until after the holidays to [...]
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5 Coping Skills to Support Your Recovery This Holiday Season

Holiday season party Holidays can be stressful for most individuals, and especially if you are struggling with an eating disorder. Learning healthy coping skills to manage this season can help you stay on your recovery path. Identify Triggers Triggers can be identified and therefore you can be prepared. Work with your treatment team to be able to identify [...]
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Self-Care & The Holidays: Relapse Prevention Importance

Woman holding lights Self-care during the holidays can be the difference between a relapse and staying on track with eating disorder recovery. Practicing self-care can keep your eating disorder at bay and not allow unhealthy behaviors to override the joy and fun of the holiday season. Understand Your Limits Understand your limits during the holiday season [1]. This [...]
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How to Support My Recovery with Structure During the Holidays?

Woman struggling with eating disorder It’s “the most wonderful time of the year,” for most people.  For those in eating disorder recovery, it can also be the most challenging time of the year.  With holiday traditions come traditional holiday meals, leaving those in recovery vulnerable to emotional turmoil and relapse.  Creating a plan and maintaining structure throughout this time of year can help [...]
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Holiday Vacation and Recovery: Plan and Know Your Limits

Eating Disorder Treatment During the Holidays Vacations are an exciting adventure to plan and to anticipate. Being able to plan and know what to prepare for around the holiday season can help you in your recovery process. Often holidays mean gathering with family, friends, and attending multiple parties. It can be stressful when approaching this for the first time when working [...]
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How to Cope with Weight Comments at Family Holiday Parties

Woman with ear muffs The holidays and family, don’t you just love the weight comments? Know how you will handle a family member who makes unnecessary comments about your weight. Everyone has to prepare for family holidays in their own way. Some people are making the meals, others gifts, and almost everyone is gearing up to deal with the [...]
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5 Fun Holiday Budget Gifts While in Eating Disorder Recovery

Woman in woods during the holidays Holidays in recovery can be tricky. In addition to the stress of social gatherings and potential triggers comes the pressure to give the perfect gift. The gift that shows your loved ones how much you appreciate their support. With so many other things going on for you, emotionally, physically, and fiscally, the pressure to find [...]
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