If you have an eating disorder, you’re not alone. It’s common for people struggling with mental health disorders, substance addictions, and other issues to develop problems with eating and body image. ere are six things you might not have known about eating disorders.
It Is Not A Choice
Mental illness is not a choice. It’s something that develops over time, or arises as a reaction to some sort of stimulus. If you were able to just stop your eating disorders, you would have done it already. Instead, you have to learn how to live with the disorder and make lifestyle choices that are contrary to the ones you made before.
Most People Experience Body Image Issues
Most people who have tried a crash diet, a strict diet restriction, or a new workout plan have probably experienced some kind of issue with body image. There is such thing as a healthy balance and an unhealthy balance. Some people “get healthy” based on health. Most people make such changes in their lives because they simply don’t like the way they look.
Recovery Is Hard, But Not Impossible
Treating an eating disorder is hard. You’re changing the way you approach one of your most intimate relationships in life—between yourself, your body and food.
This isn’t just about lifestyle changes. Your eating disorder likely exists as a way to cope with and take control of your life. When your journey to recovery, those behaviours 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 During Recovery
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 Means The Most Coming From Yourself
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.