Recovery Tools and Tips

The Challenges of Summer

For individuals who struggle with an eating disorder, summer can be a season of heightened anxiety and stress.

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Six Tips to Help You Love Your Body

Body image is an identity issue. It's a picture you have in your mind of how your body looks to you. It is how you believe other people see your body. It is how you live in your body, carry your body around, and actually are in touch with your body.

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Seven Tips on Recovery from Bulimia Nervosa

Bulimia nervosa is the second leading cause of death after anorexia nervosa. Medical consequences include loss of hair, the ability to think clearly, and tooth loss. Bulimics often have co-occurring conditions such as substance abuse, depression, anxiety, and phobias.

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Be Bold: Building Self Confidence

A vital part of leaving an eating disorder behind and beginning to regain your sense of self is rebuilding self-confidence.

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Four Ways to Combat Food Binging

You may feel that it's a moral failing or lack of willpower that keeps you bingeing. But it's not! Always remember that for anyone who struggles with dis-ordered eating, our inability to regulate ourselves or cure ourselves is possible.

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Coping with Weight Restoration

To lift some pressure to help you get started, you could try approaching your recovery as an experiment. A gain doesn't have to be forever, but at least give yourself some time to work with the differentness of being in a weight-restored body with a nourished brain before you write it off.

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Curing the "Winter Blues"

The winter blues were first clinically referred to as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), though the most recent revision of the Diagnostic Statistical Manual (DSM-V) refers to these seasonal blues as "Seasonal Pattern Specifier" — a descriptor applicable to major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder

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Emotional Freedom Techniques

The underlying philosophy of Emotional Freedom Techniques rests with the belief that negative emotions are caused by disturbances in the body's energy field.

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A Simple Five-Step Decision-Making Process

When making decisions, there are many steps that can be taken; but when making good decisions there are really only five steps that need to be considered.

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Let Yourself Fly and Face Your Fears!

As you continue your recovery journey, you will have to face both old and new fears. By gaining a new perspective of how to conquer those fears, you will build more strength and courage every time you step out of the box and face that fear.

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Food Records for Mindful Eating

Food records are very effective tools for teaching someone how to identify physical hunger cues and emotions around eating.

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Grounding Skills for Eating Disorder Recovery

It is important to learn how to deal with ways to fight your fears, distract yourself from panic, and ground yourself in order to fight against the use of eating disorder symptoms and use healthy coping mechanisms in their place.

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Grounding Techniques for Your Recovery Toolbox

Learning the coping skill known as "grounding" can help individuals stay more present and tolerate such times of distress, preventing the need to turn inward, disassociate, or resort back to eating disorder behaviors.

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Developing a Healthy Relationship with Food

The goal of becoming an attuned eater is to develop a healthy relationship with food. That's different than deciding to eat only healthy foods! There is so much angst these days over what's "good" to eat and what's "bad" to eat, that food often causes more anxiety than enjoyment.

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Using Healthy-Self Statements

When you become aware of an ED thought, make a note of it so you can return to it at a time you are able to practice counter-statements. This will help you feed your healthy-self with nurturing dialogue.

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Suggestions for Surviving — And Maybe Even Celebrating — the Holidays

The holidays are supposed to be the most joyful time of the year, but they bring with them a long list of unrealistic expectations that create a lot of stress and anxiety, especially for anyone who suffers from an eating disorder.

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Intuitive Eating and Relationships with Food

An early recovery assignment might be to examine your food rules. You consider what the rule and beliefs around them might mean beyond the surface. Is there a deeper motivating factor behind it?

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Knitting and Anxiety Reduction

Knitting can lessen the intensity of fears and thoughts and clear minds of eating disorder preoccupations. It can have a calming and therapeutic effect, and provide satisfaction, pride and a sense of accomplishment.

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Letting Go of Perfectionism

In learning to discover ourselves without the eating disorder, we have to start building our whole hearted self, including being able to show ourselves some self-compassion, which can be difficult after abusing ourselves for so many years.

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Managing Those Inner Critics

You probably have developed very articulate inner critics who tell you that you don't look right and don't have control over yourself. Then these voices shame you for objecting to what they're saying, and then tell you how messed up you must be because you're listening.

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Nine Reasons Not to Get Treatment

I love to answer the phones at Mirasol and speak with people who are calling us for information. Some people have been to several different treatment centers and are old pros at the admission process. Some people have never been to treatment but have been seeing a therapist. Other people are simply out there, very ill, and they've never attempted to get any help.

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"Recovery Placemats" Reduce Mealtime Stress

Meals are an especially stressful time for clients in residential eating disorder treatment. To reduce anxiety over eating, Mirasol therapists employ many different tools, including making the surroundings as pleasing and inspiring as possible

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"Reflections:" A Powerful Tool for Healing Relationships, Developing Personal Responsibility and Moving Forward in Recovery

"People who continue to do their work, stay out of their behaviors and stay in recovery do ultimately get to a place of freedom. And that's really the goal, it's about freedom. But if you're going to be free, you have to be responsible for your reality."

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Springtime Wellness Tips

The first day of spring has fallen, and even if the weather hasn't quite caught up around the nation, sun breaks, small flowers, and other small signs are showing uplifting promises that sunny skies and crisp, refreshing weather will soon be upon us! Below are a few of ideas, some may be new and others you may already use, for the upcoming season.

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Surviving the Holidays

The holiday season greets some of us with a reliable drum of joy, excitement, and cheer. For others of us, the holidays ignite a less desired sense of anxiety, grief, or even dread — at least on occasion. When struggling with eating concerns, the fact that many holiday gatherings revolve around food can create extra challenges.

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Tossing Out the Diet

In this morning's New York Times appeared the article, "Tossing Out the Diet and Embracing the Fat."  Whew!! Quite a mouthful.  Easier said than done when someone has been accustomed to dieting and hating the fat for years.

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What is Eating Disorder Recovery?

To anyone deeply engaged in their eating disorder, recovery seems like a long lost wish that is out there but unattainable. Fear, confusion, anxiety, losing control, the unknown, and failure are all just a few of the barriers that keep them locked in their disease rather than taking the first steps into the daunting journey of recovery.

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Write Your Way to Recovery!

How can one begin to recover from an eating disorder?  Easier said than done — but one of the most important things is to learn to write down what you're doing, what you're going to do, what you've done! 

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