For an individual dealing with an eating disorder, their thoughts, actions, and beliefs, are often tied up in their relationship with food. As they go through the recovery process, they are forced to remold their processes as they mend their relationship with food.
Moving through the hills and valleys that accompany recovery, feelings of guilt and anxiety are common. For example, after practicing restrictive eating for some time, feelings of guilt may arise as one indulges in a full meal.
Making a mindful effort to practice self-compassion is extremely important during recovery. Recovery is not a linear process and giving yourself grace during the process is the only way to be successful. Below we are sharing 5 self-compassion tips for eating disorder recovery.
Eating Disorder Recovery Isn’t Linear
The recovery process is less like a straight line and more like a zig-zag with high points, low points, and moments in-between. While reverting to disordered eating can be discouraging, it is often normal in the recovery process.
Going through a relapse period is normal and often reveals vulnerability factors, what areas someone may need more coping skills, and how to better prepare for the next triggering moment. Relapsing or experiencing a setback can be hard, but it’s also a moment for growth.
Recovery Looks Different For Everyone
What recovery looks like for one person can be completely different than what it may look like for another. Eating disorder recovery is self-defined and self-led meaning each individual will make the process their own.
As you heal from an eating disorder, learn to embrace your recovery journey as a unique experience that only you can have. Your self-worth is not tied to your recovery process, so don’t feel like you have to compare yourself with others.
Focus on the Small Victories
You may be tempted to focus on the big moments in the recovery process: hitting a goal weight or eating a full meal. However, focusing on smaller victories can be more beneficial in the long run.
When you’re struggling, focus on what progress you have made and give yourself credit for it. Celebrate your accomplishments even if they seem small to others. This will help keep you motivated throughout the recovery process.
Let Yourself Receive Support
As you journey through recovery, accepting help from others can be hard, however, it can be really helpful to have extra support. This can come in many forms such as talking with a therapist, attending a self-help group, or reaching out to friends and family members.If you are struggling with an eating disorder or are going through recovery and need help, give Avalon Hills a call. Together, we will take a multidimensional approach to make, work towards, and reach your health goals.