The hustle-and-bustle of the holiday season certainly lends to some of its charm. There is a thrill in the air as people decorate their homes, reminisce about traditions, buy their gifts, and prepare to make unforgettable memories with their loved ones. Our society often looks down upon taking time off, and it seems as if, [...] Read More
So many of the traditions that make this time of year special involve the one thing that creates anxiety and turmoil for those in recovery – food. After all, Thanksgiving’s entire purpose is to commemorate a 3-day feast shared by the Pilgrims and Native Americans. Food plays a huge role in the traditions we keep [...] Read More
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 [...] Read More
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 [...] Read More
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 [...] Read More
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 [...] Read More
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 . This [...] Read More
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 [...] Read More
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 [...] Read More
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