We hope our tips and ideas were helpful for anyone who struggles with an eating disorder and all support people who celebrated Thanksgiving last week. If your family or friends haven't celebrated yet, we are here for you. Feel free to check out all of our staff's #ThanksgivingSupport suggestions here.
To anyone who struggles, remember that it's extremely helpful to have a plan for food-related events. If you don't have a plan, you can talk to your treatment team or support network to help come up with one. Ask for support and help when you need it. And remember throughout this holiday season that you've got this!
To all those who are supporting someone who struggles, please know you are appreciated – by your loved one and our TEP staff. Many times everyone is learning through this journey and there will be rough patches, and hopefully some laughter, along the way. Supporting someone doesn't mean having all the answers, sometimes it just means being present or asking if you can help. Be sure to take care of yourself, so that you can then be there for your loved one. Taking time for your own self-care is not selfish at all.
Although we did focus on Thanksgiving, please know that these ideas and suggestions can also be used for any future social gathering or holiday. Add any or all of them to your recovery tool box for upcoming events.
Wishing you all a happy holiday season!