Contributor: Crystal Karges, MS, RDN, IBCLC for Eating Disorder Hope
During a time that can be extremely challenging for many eating disorder sufferers, how can you continue to foster a sense of commitment, resolve, and hope in your recovery journey? As holidays can bring about many stressors for the woman or man in recovery from an eating disorder, it is crucial to have ways to encourage yourself along the way.
Eating disorders are especially isolating and often segregate the sufferer away from relationships that one might typically enjoy. This may be seen during the holiday season, where a heightened emphasis is placed on family gatherings, celebrations and events.
What are some practical ways in which you can stay connected to your loved ones and challenge the isolating tendencies of eating disorder behavior?
Ideas for Recovery Projects
Consider becoming involved in one of the following projects that might help encourage your recovery journey, strengthen your commitment and resolve, and offer you hope:
Give back to others:
Eating disorder thoughts and behaviors are often all consuming and exhausting. By reaching out to others, you can help maintain a broader perspective on life and on things that can significantly help other people. Consider volunteering at a local shelter, organizing a toy driving, or feeding the homeless.
Become involved in the eating disorder community:
There is no better way to advance your cause and connect with other like-minded individuals than plugging in to your immediate community. This could be joining a local support group, supporting a NEDA walk or eating disorder fundraiser, or staying connected with a mentor or counselor.
If you have been strong enough in your own recovery journey for a considerable length of time, you may consider mentoring another person in his or her own recovery journey through a program such as MentorCONNECT.
Holidays often have food as the centerfold, and relationships can easily get pushed to the backburner. As an eating disorder sufferer, a preoccupation with food can be reinforced if food is the main focus.
Take the time to fellowship with your family friends and share in an activity you enjoying doing together, such as hiking, crafting, or playing a board game. Spending time with the ones you love and care for will help encourage you in your recovery journey.
Finding practical ways to stay involved and connected can continue to strengthen you in your own recovery journey!
Community Discussion – Share your thoughts here!
If you are in recovery from an eating disorder, what are projects you are involved in that help encourage your journey along the way?
Last Updated & Reviewed By: Jacquelyn Ekern, MS, LPC on December 13th, 2014
Published on EatingDisorderHope.com