Category: Support

Being Here, Now in the Present Moment & Recovering from an Eating Disorder

Woman using yoga therapy Kristen Neff is an important name in the world of psychology. Neff works as an author and associate professor in the Educational Psychology department at the University of Texas in Austin and created the Self-Compassion Scales (SCS), a 26-item assessment that measures the construct of self-compassion. Neff recently discussed the importance of being in the [...]
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Constructive Support for Friends and Family Struggling with Self-Harm

Woman Dealing with Depression and Eating Disorders Self-harming is an often misunderstood behavior. Also referred to as Non-Suicidal Self-Injury (NSSI), those that struggle with self-harm are often not attempting to engage in suicidal behaviors but are attempting to experience release from distress. With approximately 15% of college students and 17% of adolescents engaging in self-harming behaviors at least once, most people have [...]
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Unique Concerns for Tweens with Eating Disorders

Body image is a growing concern for those in the chaotic transition between childhood and adolescence. Pre-adolescence or Tweens, defined as being between ages 10 to 13, is a formative time when children begin to internalize social and familial beliefs around the body, food, exercise, and the self. These malleable minds may quickly pick-up beliefs [...]
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Demi Lovato – Authenticity in Struggle to Recover from Bulimia

Nature Forest with Sunlight and Moss on Ground Nearly a decade after Demi Lovato first opened up about her struggles with bulimia, self-harm, and other mental health issues, the now-28-year-old singer has once again used her platform to speak up about her struggle to recover from bulimia. Relapse for Demi Lovato During Eating Disorder Recovery In a February 2020 interview on Ashley Graham’s [...]
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Tools for Sustaining Healthy Relationships

Group of ladies laughing In 2021, the relationships that we have are more important than ever, but the circumstances that have led to this also make sustaining healthy relationships more challenging than ever. Due to COVID-19 concerns of spreading illness and harming others, bonding through quality time, traveling together, going to work or school, and even holiday get-togethers are currently [...]
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An Invitation to Modify Perfectionism

Hispanic Woman in Business Meeting Room Perfectionism is possibly one of the most-debated personality traits. Author Kristen Neff points out that, as its most productive, perfectionism motivates individuals to do their best, to strive to achieve and to set high standards for themselves [1]. However, she is also accurate in describing its pitfalls, noting that “when your entire sense of self-worth is [...]
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Successful Eating Disorder Recovery Habits

Woman thinking about perimenopause Recovery from an eating disorder is undoubtedly possible, but this does not mean there is a time when the work “ends.” While one can live a recovered life, there will always be moments when old thoughts and urges arise, cultural triggers appear, or challenging life situations tempt one back into ineffective coping skills. Building recovery-focused [...]
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