We know that being in recovery from an eating disorder at Thanksgiving is not easy. It can be overwhelming, especially if it's the first big holiday in your recovery journey. BUT, this holiday season, we've got five tips to help you get through the upcoming holiday and ENJOY IT (trust us)!
Here you have it: the five ways SPEAK GW members treat themselves and practice self-care during the holiday season.
1. Practice an attitude of gratitude
Sometimes we tend to forget how awesome we are. Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to remind yourself of your hard work--whether you're on your way way to recovery or in recovery. Yes, this day may bring challenges, but you can work through them by being your biggest cheerleader. Think of what you're grateful for this time of year, write it down somewhere and look at it if you are having a tough time. Don't forget to give yourself a high five, because you deserve it--just by being you.
2. Stay connected with supports
You're not in this alone! Even if your supports are far away, don't think they're not there. Your supports are so important especially at this time of year. Text, call, tweet--whatever way you connect with your network, do it.
3. Ask for help
Like we said before, you're not alone. People are there for you. If you're having a hard time, ask for help. It's a sign of strength--not weakness. If you're looking to talk to someone outside of your network, call the NEDA helpline or check out our resource list.
4. Get lost in something
Whether it's a book, a Netflix marathon or simply taking time for yourself, sometime it can help to forget your worries and absorb yourself in a healthy activity. We all need time to recharge, and you're not selfish for taking this time for yourself. You deserve it and you are worth taking care of.
5. Let yourself feel
Yes, the concept of feelings can be scary. But this Thanksgiving, let yourself accept everything that comes your way. When we block out the uncomfortable feelings, we also block out the joy, love and compassion that we offer ourselves and others. Remember that feelings are temporary, and try your best to accept whatever emotions come your way.
So remember: The greatest gift to give yourself this Thanksgiving is compassion. We're sending our love out to you! Remember you deserve love, care and support. Happy holidays everyone, and don't forget to be awesome.