11 Things to Stop Doing If You Have an Eating Disorder
Recovering from an eating disorder can be a really challenging time. Your doctor will provide you with a list of things that you should do but they don’t normally provide you with a list of things you shouldn’t be doing.
Stop doing the following ten things ASAP:
- Stop beating yourself up – Being extremely critical of yourself is not beneficial for your health and wellbeing. There is a big misbelief that being critical for yourself will aid your recovery and in fact motivate you to do better. However it will all come crashing down as you’re just increasing the negative emotions and shame that you probably already feel. Be more positive in your road to recovery.
- Stop blaming your family – This is a big one, there is a LOT of writing out there that blame parents as the most likely cause of eating disorders. Blaming other people only produces more problems and doesn’t help make the situation any better. Instead talk with your doctors and nurses and they will help you process the situation so you can move forward.
- Stop denying help – You can’t recover on your own, why even try? Why make things harder? Accept some help, there will be lots of people willing to give you a helping hand. People with eating disorders are much more likely to recover if they have a specialised treatment team. Self-help books, will power and going solo can’t replace the professional help you’ll receive with therapists, dietitians etc.
- Stop not taking care of yourself – don’t worry about anyone else, put yourself first for a change. Most people put caring for everyone else before they consider their own needs. This is seen time and time again.
- Don’t think you’re worth the cost? Don’t be silly. – Treatment and recovery cost an absolute fortune, let’s not kid ourselves. But guess what? You’re worth every single penny and don’t let anyone tell you anything different.
- Stop losing hope – Eating disorders are serious and can sometimes be fatal diseases. However, they aren’t untreatable and there is a lot of support available.
- Stop ignoring help – If there are so many treatment options available, why are you denying the help? Ask your friends and family to support you along the way. Ask for help during your meals.
- Stop keeping it a secret – It’s totally understandable that this is potentially an embarrassing subject for you but keeping it in will only make matters worse. Feelings of shame will be enhanced by keeping things a secret.
- Stop being impatient with recovery – This won’t be easy, recovery can take years and most people have slips and relapses along the way. If you feel like you’re not making the progress you thought you would make, talk to your doctor.