People who have
eating disorders are often very self-critical.
Learning to be easier on yourself is essential.
Pace yourself if you are feeling weak. Everything
you do may take more time and effort. Do not expect to do all the things you
want to do right away. Choose what is most important and do those things first.
Break larger tasks into smaller ones and do what you can.
that negative thinking—feeling bad about yourself, feeling hopeless, and
feeling uncomfortable in your body—is part of your condition. As you work in
counseling, you will start to feel better about yourself.
that it takes time to recover from unhealthy eating habits. Your body needs
time to adjust itself. As you begin to eat in a healthier way, you will feel
better and have more energy.
Don't expect too much too soon. Your
desire to have all things in order is probably not achievable. It may be hard, but try to accept that it is okay when things are not perfect right away. Try to view your recovery as a "work in progress."
Spend time with other people. Do things you
like to do. If you do not have any hobbies, try something new and see whether
you like it. Resist the temptation to give up on something too
Don't blame yourself for your condition or try to find out
why this is happening to you. It's better to work on getting better than to
spend time trying to answer questions that may not have
Cooperate with the health professionals who are working
with you. Resist the temptation to reject new ways of looking at yourself and
Learn to accept help.
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