Sponsored blog post: We at ANAD are thankful to EDCare for sharing this post with us!
Many of our lives have experienced a considerable shift in the past few months. Work,
celebrations, trips to the grocery store, and spending time with the people you love might look
a little different right now. The one thing you can hold constant through this transition is your
recovery – and choosing to prioritize it during these uncertain times requires a whole lot of
courage over comfort. Take a moment to celebrate your courage – this has been hard, but you
have the strength to keep moving forward. If you are noticing that recovery has been a little
bumpy, that's ok too. In honor of National Mental Health Month, Mental Health America has
shared a few practical tools to support you during these difficult times. At EDCare, we are
sharing how you can apply these tools in your eating disorder recovery.
When eating disorders are used to numb emotions, we often find that emotions become
heightened instead. So rather than numbing, try to make a conscious effort to get in touch with
your feelings by labeling what you experience and then own your feelings. There is no wrong or
right way to feel right now, or anytime for that matter! During these uncertain times, it might
be easy to focus on everything that is going wrong. We challenge you to reframe your mindset
to find the positives that may have come from this experience. Perhaps it has allowed you to
see your strength and resiliency in a new light, or maybe it has allowed you to connect with
those you love in more meaningful ways.
Many people are using this time to slow down, reflect, and reset. Can you identify any toxic
influences in your life that could benefit from stronger boundaries? For some, these toxic
influences may be hiding in their social media feeds. Pictures and status updates that leave
them feeling bad about themselves. If this resonates with you, you could use this time to reset
by doing a social media overhaul to eliminate toxic influences from your feed. For others,
creating supportive routines around mealtimes might be a helpful reset right now. We
challenge you to identify what this supportive meal time might look like for you.
Create Meaningful Connection
Struggling with an eating disorder can be incredibly isolating – add a quarantine and connection
may seem impossible. Lucky for you, we have a few ideas to help you create meaningful
connections during these difficult times. First, try to be intentional about connecting with
others. Is there someone important to you who you haven’t talked to in a while? Why not use
this time to set up a virtual coffee date? Making a point to support others is another great way
to add meaningful connection to your relationships. This might look like reaching out to peers
from treatment to check in on them or help them celebrate their wins.
We hope some of these tools have resonated with you and that you consider giving a few of
them a shot. Regardless of whether you’re finding the positives or supporting others, your steps to support your recovery during these challenging times should be celebrated. You are
courageous, strong, and resilient. We believe in you.
Share your mental health wins with us on social by tagging @eatingdisordercare and using the
hashtags #CourageOverComfort, #MentalHealthMonth, and #Tools2Thrive.
EDCare is one of the nation’s foremost centers for the diagnosis and treatment of eating disorders. Our
multidisciplinary team of board-certified experts utilize an evidence-based treatment model to
empower patients, while giving them the tools they need to maintain long-term recovery success.
Located in Colorado, Kansas, and Nebraska we offer PHP, IOP, EIOP, AIOP and OP levels care. Most
major insurances are accepted. Call or visit us online to learn about virtual treatment options.
www.eatingdisorder.care (866) 771-0861