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September 25, 2014

3 Things to Think About On Your Journey to Recovery from an Eating Disorder

by Katie Teresi

We wish recovery from an eating disorder was as simple as snapping our fingers, but the reality is that recovery is a journey. A challenging journey? For sure. An impossible one? Definitely not. Always remember that sustainable recovery is attainable. And, while no two paths to recovery are alike, there are a few things everyone should keep in mind while making the journey to an eating disorder-free life.

We wish recovery from an eating disorder was as simple as snapping our fingers, but the reality is that recovery is a journey. A challenging journey? For sure. An impossible one? Definitely not. Always remember that sustainable recovery is attainable. And, while no two paths to recovery are alike, there are a few things everyone should keep in mind while making the journey to an eating disorder-free life.

It takes time
Recovering from an illness you’ve been battling with for months or years isn’t going to happen overnight. As frustrating as this fact can be, it is one that we need to constantly remind ourselves of when facing an eating disorder. Accept that your path to recovery is going to be filled with highs and lows. Realizing this early on can help you celebrate your achievements – no matter how small they are – and not beat yourself up over things you perceive as slip-ups or relapses. These are the things that will help you learn and continue to move forward to recovery.

Surround yourself with support
Even for the most independent amongst us, it is easier to travel the road to recovery with someone walking beside you. Keep your treatment team close to create and work through your map to recovery. Allow yourself to lean on the family and friends around you – they want to help. Asking for help and support is powerful and can provide mutual satisfaction and stronger relationships. Keep these sources of support close from the beginning all the way to the very end (and beyond as needed). It may be tempting to cut them off if things feel like they’re going well, but you’ll want the support if and when challenges arise.

Be true to who you are
Recovery is a journey toward living a full, intentional life. It’s important to separate yourself and your identity from the eating disorder. Stepping outside of and away from the comfort some find in the behaviors of an eating disorder can be nerve-wracking and scary. As you recover, work with your treatment team to understand that being your authentic self will give you the freedom to conquer goals, chase passions, and ultimately live a whole, healthy life.

Think about these points, as well as other recovery-building techniques your treatment team teaches you as you work toward recovery–especially during tough times. Remember: there will be challenges as you strive toward living a life without an eating disorder, but challenges can be overcome. Recovery is possible.

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