We All Have Something to Be Thankful For
Thanksgiving is a time when many of us count our blessings. It’s a wonderful opportunity to gather with the people we love and acknowledge the things we value. However, it’s important to remember that for someone with an active eating disorder or in recovery from an eating disorder, the holidays can be a challenging time filled with complicated emotions.
Because Thanksgiving is so centered on food, you might feel like you have less control. Food might become an overwhelming fear, and urges for unhealthy behaviors could arise. With everything else also happens on Thanksgiving—attending parties, seeing extended family—it’s no wonder that stress levels are heightened at this time of year.
Keep in mind that these feelings are normal. Give yourself permission to take a little extra time for yourself. Practice self-care and self-acceptance. If you have been through eating disorder treatment, review the coping skills that you’ve learned.
Also, truly focus on the good in your life. What are you thankful for? The support you get from loved ones? Your treatment team? Do you feel thanks that you are committed to getting better? Look inside and outside yourself to find strengths, and recognize the things that give you hope and make your life worth living.
As we enter this time of year, The Emily Program wants to give thanks to our clients, their families and everyone working with them. We hope that you will turn to us so that we can help you have the best holiday season as possible.