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.
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.
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’.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.