Dealing with Anorexia? 5 Ways to Help Yourself During Recovery

Posted On Thursday, 04 October 2018
Dealing with Anorexia? 5 Ways to Help Yourself During Recovery

Beating anorexia is a process rather than a single act.

When you’re ready to tackle your eating disorder, recognize that you’ll be actively working on the problem every day. Recovery is possible, but it takes time.

These five tips will help you help yourself and be successful.

Get a Checkup
Anorexia and other eating disorders wreak havoc on your body. The condition weakens bones and shrinks the heart. You can likely reverse these conditions and others, but doing so may require the help of a doctor. Visit your doctor for a checkup and address any health problems you have. Your health and safety are your top priority, so address these issues first.

Be Honest
You don’t need to rent a billboard and share your problem with the world, but honesty is important. Anorexia thrives on secrecy. Share your eating disorder with a close friend or family member you trust. The people who know you have a problem can hold you accountable and help you recognize when you’re slipping back into the danger zone.

Don’t Diet
Eating more but doing so cautiously with a strict diet may seem like a good plan, but it isn’t. It seems like a good compromise that allows you to eat while still addressing your fear of gaining weight. In reality, however, dieting is just another way to continue obsessing over food. Instead, learn to listen to your body. Feed it when it’s hungry and stop eating when you’re full. If you’re afraid of eating too much, see a dietician for help understanding the amount and types of food that are best for you.

Forgive Yourself
Recovery is a long journey, and you may stumble along the way. If you do, pick yourself up and try again. Don’t let your mistakes define you. Admit you fell off the wagon and turn to your support system for help climbing back onto it. The key to success is getting up one more time than you fall down.

Get Professional Help
Tackling an eating disorder on your own is admirable and courageous, but it’s also extremely difficult. Your odds for a successful recovery improve significantly with the help of professionals like the ones you’ll find at the Center for Change treatment centers. There is no shame in asking for help.

You can free yourself from anorexia’s hold. Do what you can to help yourself and let others lend their support along the way. You’ll be amazed at what you and your care team can accomplish.

Lizzie Weakley

Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. She went to college at The Ohio State University where she studied communications. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and long walks in the park with her three-year-old husky Snowball.

Twitter: @LizzieWeakley
Facebook: facebook.com/lizzie.weakley

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