Keeping Your Care a Priority: Maintaining Consistency With Recovery During the Busy Holiday Season

Contributor: Crystal Karges, MS, RDN, IBCLC, Special Projects Coordinator at Eating Disorder Hope/Addiction Hope

The holiday season is perhaps one of the busiest times of year, which can be stressful to manage for an individual who is in recovery from an eating disorder. With many things being demanded of a person at once, it can be easy to move recovery to the back burner and begin neglecting basic needs that are necessary for maintaining the efforts you have made so far.

While there may be many things going on for you during the holiday season, it is essential that you continue to care for yourself and your body in order to keep your recovery a priority.

Plan Ahead

One way of managing your time is to create a schedule that allows you to see how you are addressing your priorities. If a large among of your time is spent towards things that are not necessarily supporting your recovery, you may need to reconsider your time management.

Smiling teen girl in colorful cloths sitting on the sofa and relaxingCarefully select the things and activities that you are choosing to be a part of and know that you have the option to decline and say no to things when you already have a lot on your plate.

Make sure that you have adequate time scheduled throughout the day for meals and snacks, as nourishing your body is key to keeping self-care a priority. Plan ahead and keep easy snacks on hand during times of travel or if you are planning on being out for long stretches of time.

Staying hydrated and rested are also important towards your overall wellness. Preventing yourself from becoming overly tired, stressed, or hungry can help prevent many triggers from unfolding when it comes to eating disorder behaviors.

It is also essential to stay connected to your support system. While your tendency may be to push this aside during a busy time of year, you will need your support now more than ever. Make time to check in with your support group, therapist, counselor or mentor to maintain your emotional health and process anything you may be dealing with.

Community Discussion – Share your thoughts here!

If you are in recovery from an eating disorder, what are some proactive steps you can take to keep self-care a priority during the busy holiday season? What are ways to help prevent burn-out?


Crystal Headshot 2Crystal is a Masters-level Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) with a specialty focus in eating disorders, maternal/child health and wellness, and intuitive eating. Combining clinical experience with a love of social media and writing, Crystal serves as the Special Projects Coordinator for Eating Disorder Hope/Addiction Hope, where her passion to help others find recovery and healing is integrated into each part of her work.

As a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, Crystal has dedicated her career to helping others establish a healthy relationship with food and body through her work with EDH/AH and nutrition private practice.


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