Navigating through your eating disorder is a difficult process for many people, and it’s often tempting to wonder if it will just go away on its own. After all, you didn’t ask for your eating disorder, so maybe it’ll go away without asking. Given the fact that many people find it difficult to get rid of an eating disorder, it’s easy to wonder if things would move forward if you stopped trying. In our last blog post, our eating disorder residential and outpatient program in Florida looked at some tips for people who have a friend or loved one struggling with an eating disorder and asking themselves if the eating disorder will just go away. In this week’s post, we’d like to explore some of the tips for when you’re struggling with your own eating disorder. We believe that recovery IS possible, so read on.

For Yourself

If you have an eating disorder yourself, you may have experienced its onset so gradually that you didn’t realize you even had an eating disorder until one day it came to your attention. You may be hoping that it will taper off and dwindle away in the same imperceptible manner that it came to you. This is usually not the case. It will be a struggle to truly win over your eating disorder, and the longer you leave it to flourish, the harder the road to recovery will be. Here are some of our strategies and recommendations for you if you find yourself in this spot.

  • Learn to recognize your “eating disorder voice” and distinguish it from your own voice, desires, and logic. The eating disorder voice tends to hijack your thoughts and make its agenda very loud, but that doesn’t mean that you have to listen to it.
  • Look for the people in your life who will make a safe sounding board for you to talk about the eating disorder in a non-judgmental, understanding way. Not everyone in your life will be able to do this for you, but if you can find one or two, it can help to give you a place to get outside perspective that’s loving and in your best interest
  • Realize that it’s normal to feel shame and fear about your eating disorder, and when we feel this way, we naturally want to hide from other people. Look for little ways to fight off this desire to hide. You’ll build strength by not simply giving way to the things your eating disorder wants you to do.
  • Find a therapist that specializes in eating disorders. A good therapist can point you in the right direction and give you the support you need to fight the eating disorder. When you are in the fight, it’s easy to get weary, but a kind and effective therapist can give you a boost of strength and resolve to keep going.

If your therapist recommends a residential or outpatient program for eating disorders, please give Canopy Cove a call. We can help you recover from an eating disorder.
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