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How to Face Down Your Triggers in Eating Disorder Recovery

How to Face Down Your Triggers in Eating Disorder Recovery

Do triggers in eating disorder recovery make it hard to keep a recovery mindset? Facing down eating disorder triggers is a non-negotiable part of recovery. Visit HealthyPlace and learn to fight back against the triggers making eating disorder recovery difficult.

Learning to face down your triggers in eating disorder recovery is non-negotiable. A trigger is defined as any form of content, behavior, topic or event which exacerbates a trauma or mental illness, and today’s culture is saturated with them. In a society that endorses the harmful message of ideal bodies, clean diets and extreme fitness, the pressure to cave into those triggering beliefs is enormous—and if you’re susceptible to an eating disorder, that urge can feel overwhelming. Triggers in eating disorder recovery are ingrained in the broken systems of this world, so triggers can’t be avoided entirely. But while it’s unrealistic to pretend they don’t exist, there are coping methods you can utilize to navigate triggering situations with a healthy mindset that won’t risk your progress in recovery.

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Write a Goodbye Letter to Your Eating Disorder

Write a Goodbye Letter to Your Eating Disorder

Have you ever written a goodbye letter to your eating disorder? In recovery, you must sever all ties with the illness, and writing a goodbye letter to your eating disorder can be the first step in taking your life back. Learn more about this eating disorder recovery tool at HealthyPlace today.

Writing a goodbye letter to my eating disorder was one of the most challenging—but empowering and rewarding—tasks I was assigned while in treatment for anorexia. As someone who has been using the written word as therapy ever since I learned how to form a sentence, this tool immediately resonated deep within my bones and it’s been a crucial guidepost in recovery. This goodbye letter to my eating disorder was a break-up of sorts, a severing of the relationship, an epilogue to the abuse and toxicity. It gave closure to traumas, wounds and regrets from the past while extending permission to move forward in the present. If you haven’t tried writing a goodbye letter to your eating disorder, I recommend it. This could be just the motivation you’ll need to embark on your own path toward recovering from an eating disorder.

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Building Personal Boundaries in Eating Disorder Recovery

Building Personal Boundaries in Eating Disorder Recovery

Do you struggle with building personal boundaries in eating disorder recovery? Learn how healthy personal boundaries strengthen relationships at HealthyPlace. You'll be able to put ED recovery first when your personal boundaries are strong. Learn why now.

Building personal boundaries in eating disorder recovery helps to make the healing a priority. But when it comes to eating disorder recovery, how can you maintain effective personal boundaries, and why do those boundaries even matter in the first place? It’s important to realize the purpose of having personal boundaries is not to prevent all relationships from nurturing—but to protect the safe relationships from becoming unhealthy. Constructing and asserting personal boundaries will equip you to prioritize eating disorder recovery while teaching the people you care about which behaviors toward you are appropriate and which should be re-evaluated.

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Seven Lies Your Eating Disorder Tells You that Halt Recovery

Seven Lies Your Eating Disorder Tells You that Halt Recovery

The lies your eating disorder tells you are some of the most dangerous lies you'll ever know. Combating the lies with the truth is vital for eating disorder recovery. Learn the truth at HealthyPlace.

The lies your eating disorder tells you will prevent your recovery. The eating disorder masquerades as your closest friend and trusted confidant, but it is a fraud, and the lies your eating disorder tells you saturate your brain and hold you back from eating disorder recovery. The more entrenched those lies become, the more fearful you are of envisioning a future that doesn’t revolve around the eating disorder. You’re trapped in a vortex of wanting to escape its death-grip but wondering if you’ll have a sense of purpose or an identity without the eating disorder. The eating disorder is a persuasive storyteller—I believed it for decades, and am often still tempted to again. But those lies that your eating disorder tells you to hold you back from eating disorder recovery aren’t worth pursuing once you know the truth.

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Talking About Eating Disorders: Let’s Change the Dialogue

Talking About Eating Disorders: Let’s Change the Dialogue

Talking about eating disorders without stigma is crucial to eating disorder recovery. Learn why the way we discuss eating disorders needs to change on HealthyPlace. Discover how to shift that conversation here.

The language society uses when talking about eating disorders is weird. But as survivors—or allies of survivors—with firsthand experience of the illness, we have the power to change this dialogue. Within the context of mainstream culture, eating disorders and those of us impacted by them, are often branded with limiting quantifiers and descriptors. These labels seem like barriers in direct opposition to eating disorder recovery, but we can either accept the status quo or initiate another conversation—one that advocates for the potential of courage, strength and healing.

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Why Can the Loss of Control Cause Eating Disorders?

Why Can the Loss of Control Cause Eating Disorders?

A loss of control can cause an eating disorder because these disorders aren't just about food. The root of this illness is a need for control. Learn more here.

Why can the loss of control cause an eating disorder? When you lose control in certain areas of your life, this can spiral into the “perfect storm” for an eating disorder to emerge. From unhealthy relationships to unstable environments to unforeseen circumstances, feeling out of control is a turbulent emotion that can provoke you to engage in frantic and reckless behaviors. In the effort to regain a sense of equilibrium, it’s common to fixate on the one aspect of yourself which seems controllable—your body. But while this coping mechanism provides a fleeting distraction from all the chaos around you, the truth remains that as you plunge deeper into the eating disorder, you’re not in control anymore—it’s now controlling you.

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How a Gratitude Practice Weakens an Eating Disorder

How a Gratitude Practice Weakens an Eating Disorder

A gratitude practice helps you heal from eating disorders. Eating disorders make it hard to find the positives in life, but gratitude shifts your perspective.

Creating a gratitude practice to enhance eating disorder recovery is important because an eating disorder cheapens your mindset on life and convinces you that suffering is permanent. But learning to practice gratitude can weaken the eating disorder’s influence. Gratitude can cut through all that negativity and redirect your focus onto glimmers of hope, beauty, purpose and love. These feelings are often subdued beneath layers of torment and abuse from the eating disorder critic, but finding reasons to appreciate yourself, the people around you and the experiences you’re given will cause that voice to fade—then, ultimately, disappear.

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Your Eating Disorder Recovery Story: Share It Responsibly

Your Eating Disorder Recovery Story: Share It Responsibly

Are you ready to share your eating disorder recovery story? Here's how to responsibly share your eating disorder recovery story and bring hope to others.

Talking about your eating disorder recovery story and your struggles with an eating disorder can feel intimidating, exposing, or overwhelming. But when you reach a stable, consistent place in eating disorder recovery, that inner nudge to share your eating disorder recovery story is often disarming, healing and empowering—both for yourself and others.

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Feeling Your Emotions Matters in Eating Disorder Recovery

Feeling Your Emotions Matters in Eating Disorder Recovery

Feeling your emotions is an important part of eating disorder recovery. If you avoid feeling your emotions, here are some ways to ease out of emotion avoidance.

Feeling your emotions in eating disorder recovery can be unsettling at first. Eating disorders strive to brush uncomfortable emotions aside—to ignore the tension and medicate the suffering—but deep-rooted anger, insecurity, fear, grief, loneliness, rejection or similar emotions must be named and felt in order to achieve sustainable eating disorder recovery. Instead of masking the pain with harmful behaviors, it’s crucial to acknowledge, identify, express and feel your emotions. This practice of tuning into your own emotionality creates space for self-awareness, compassion, acceptance and, ultimately, healing.

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A Crucial Positive Affirmation for Eating Disorder Recovery

A Crucial Positive Affirmation for Eating Disorder Recovery

Positive affirmations for eating disorder recovery can be life-saving. Learn to accept your whole self no matter what you look like with this crucial mantra.

Positive affirmations in eating disorder recovery can be life-savers. “I am more than a body,” is one of the most crucial eating disorder mantras to adopt because one of the harmful myths an eating disorder will urge you to believe is that physical appearance is all you can offer this world. But the truth is you are more than a body. Adopting positive affirmations in eating disorder recovery helps you heal, and here’s what makes this one affirmation crucial.

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