NCPED

The Importance of Self-Help & Self-Care

Self-help is an important part of managing any health condition. Guided self-help (self-help guided by your GP or another professional) is also a treatment of choice for certain eating disorders such as Binge Eating Disorder.

Sharing your concerns and feelings with others

Having an eating disorder can isolate you, especially as people do a lot of their socialising around meals and food-related events - a time when you are often feeling most vulnerable and stressed.

Nourish your mind and body for recovery

Whether you are waiting for an assessment, in treatment, recovering, or dealing with a relapse, one of the most important truths about managing eating difficulties or an eating disorder is that ‘food is medicine’.

Tips for managing mealtimes

Getting through mealtimes and eating with others can be distressing for you if you are concerned about your eating habits or have an eating disorder. These suggestions may help you to manage them a bit more easily.

Developing your resilience

A person with strong resilience has the coping skills to recover and bounce back more quickly from a difficult or negative experience. The good news is that these coping skills can be developed.

Sleep matters

Getting an adequate nights sleep is essential to mental and physical wellness, and this is even more important if you have an eating disorder. Lack of sleep can make you feel tired, emotional and irritable. It can affect your memory and decision making. This, in turn, can affect your ability to challenge the eating disorder and stay positive.

Achieve balance on social media and internet

In the early stages of dealing with an eating disorder, it may be best to switch off from the internet in order to avoid content that may trigger your eating disorder thoughts and feelings.

Become you own expert

Research shows us that people who are more informed about their health condition find it easier to manage treatment and often have improved outcomes. There are many self-help, informative and therapeutic books available to help you and your family through this difficult time if you have been diagnosed with an eating disorder.

In a crisis?

Many of the tips and suggestions in this App will be helpful to you in building your coping strategies and managing difficult times with your eating disorder.