The past few years have revealed that eating disorders are incredibly common, much more common than you were led to believe growing up. If you struggle with an eating disorder, trust that you have a life of freedom and healing ahead of you. Here are a few ways that you can find healing from your eating disorder.
Understand Your Diagnosis
First of all, it is important to understand (and not be afraid of) your diagnosis. The most common diagnoses are Anorexia, Bulimia, and Binge Eating. To receive a diagnosis, you might go through a physical examination and a psychological evaluation. These different diagnoses will require different evidence-based treatments to help you to get to a healthy point in your life. Additionally, it is important to understand that you might still struggle with disordered eating without having a clear diagnosis of one of the types of eating disorders. Many people have unhealthy relationships with food and experience disordered eating in ways that aren’t super visible. These people might not be hospitalized for their eating, and they might not fit the stereotypical appearance of a person with an eating disorder. But even if you have disordered eating, you still need help and healing so you can better enjoy your life.
Implementing Adaptive Habits
Once you’re on the road to healing, it will be time to implement more adaptive eating habits into your daily routine. Your providers will help you to know what adaptive, balanced eating looks like. You might have a plan to help you to achieve these more adaptive eating habits while having a positive relationship with the food that you eat. It is important to overcome a fear of food and to eliminate the power that certain food groups had over you. These changes will come with time.
Find Hope in Counseling
It can be very helpful to find hope and change by talking to a mental health counselor as you’re healing from your eating disorder. A mental health counselor can help you to dive deep into your memories and emotions to better understand the feelings at the core of your eating disorders. Understanding those feelings can help you to eliminate the fear that you had of eating certain foods. It can also help you to recognize how beautiful and powerful your body is. Because your body helps and blesses you every day, you need to take care of it in return. Meeting with a counselor can help you to understand and internalize these healing principles.
So, if you’re tired of letting your eating disorder control you, remember that you can find hope and healing. Make sure that you understand your diagnosis or symptoms, implement more adaptive eating habits, and find hope and help in counseling. This will help you to recover from your eating disorder in time and begin to have a life worth living once again.
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