You are not alone in your recovery from an eating disorder. Many people with mental health disorders, substance use disorders, and other issues develop problems with eating and body image.
- Eating Disorders Are Not Something You Choose: Mental illness is not a choice. It’s something that happens to you over time. If you were able to just stop choosing your eating disorders, you would have. Instead, you have to learn how to live with an eating disorder and make different choices that you didn’t know how to make before.
- Most People Experience Body Image Issues And Disordered Eating: Anyone who has gone on a crash diet, strictly restricted their diet, or started a new workout plan has had some kind of issue with body image. There’s a healthy balance and an unhealhty balance. Some people “get healthy” based on health. Most people make such changes in their lives because they don’t like the way they look.
- Recovery Is Hard, But Not Impossible: Treatment for eating disorder recovery is hard. You’re changing the way you approach one of your most intimate relatinships in life: yourself, your body, and food. This isn’t just about lifestyle changes. Your eating disorder was likely a way to cope with and take control of your life. When you start recovery, those behaviors are taken away from you. It can be hard, but it isn’t impossible. You find you can overcome anything that comes your way.
- You See Yourself Differently: Negative body image changes over time. You might not become a body-positivity warrior in your first few months. Quickly, you’ll notice you’re developing a little more tolerance, compassion, and kindness toward yourself. Punishing thoughts and behaviors start to slip away.
- Your Eating Disorder Doesn’t Define You: Having an eating disorder is different from being an eating disorder. You can’t be a disorder. You can have one. You’re learning to live with something that has developed in your brain and manifested through your body. Let your recovery define you instead of your eating disorder. You’re a strong person!
- Validation Sounds The Best From You: Seeking validation for positive body image or advancements in your recovery will never be victorious if it’s coming from other people. It’s true that you need to hear some words of encouragement from others. It’s even more true that the best words of encouragement will come from you. Let your feel good feelings feel good enough for you.
You are not alone on the dark path of eating disorders. Let Aurora Recovery Center light the way to full recovery of mind, body, and spirit. We’re here to show you how to heal. Providing residential treatment for men and women’s eating disorders and dual diagnosis issues, Aurora Recovery Center is the best choice for long term transitional care. Call 844-515-STOP today for more information.