As National Eating Disorder Awareness week comes to a close, we leave you with some general tips and pieces of advice on how to remain positive when overcoming an eating disorder or when feeling down about your body. Just as a reminder, if you or one of your loved ones is showing symptoms of an eating disorder, please contact help through a medical professional or call the helpline at (800) 931-2237.
1. Surround yourself with positive and supportive people
It’s important to surround yourself with people who are loving, accepting, and who allow you the time and room to grow. Whether you are in the midst of treating an eating disorder or experiencing body image issues, the people around you may hinder your progress. Talk to your friends, family, and loved ones about your state of mind and health, and determine who is there for you and who isn’t.
2. Work on accepting and loving yourself
It is definitely easier said then done, but try to work towards the goal of either accepting yourself or, even better, loving yourself. I quote I like to live by is: “Don’t say anything about yourself that you wouldn’t say about your best friend” – Elisabeth Tavierne. This is a reminder that putting yourself down isn’t right, and stopping this habit is the first step toward acceptance.
3. Be in tune with yourself
Work on listening to your body and what it needs. Many times our body will “speak” to us when it’s hungry, needs exercise, needs rest, etc. Becoming more in tune with your body and linking your brain to your body is a big step in the recovery process. Also, don’t forget to listen to when your body needs help – there are various forms of treatment available for those who need it, never forget that.
Making time to exercise your body is important. However, remember that you are exercising because you love your body, not because you hate or want to change it. Find a balanced and beneficial workout routine that benefits your body and participate in activity for the right reasons.
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