Get Up & Get Out!
10 Things to Help You Feel Better
But you must do something every day or it won’t work.
1. Learn to meditate every day (meditation is individual, there are no rules)
2. Exercise (not overly). Yoga and walking are excellent especially for anxiety and depression. Start slow.
3. Eat for nutrition and pleasure within moderation and not to cope with feelings.
4. See your doctor regularly and be honest about everything.
5. See your therapist weekly and be honest about everything.
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If you’re in your eating disorder then you’re probably obsessing about it most of the time. The problem with that is that it keeps you stuck. Stuck in that place and stuck with your identity being your eating disorder. You are so much more. Your ED head is just keeping in a state of fear so you feel ineffective.
What you need to do is push yourself even if the thoughts and feelings are not there yet. They will follow behind. Start focusing on other things like helping others, taking classes, making new friends, creating art or music, joining a group, getting a job, engaging in self-care.
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Concerns about physical attractiveness are not new. Every period of history had standards of beauty. But, different advancements in technology, particularly the mass media causes normal concerns that lead to obsessions about how we look.
So much about what you think reflects on how you feel abut your body image.
What to do:
- Make a list of the things you like about your physical appearance. You may prefer to draw.
- Accept that you’re working with what you’ve got. Start telling yourself, “I’m good enough”. One day you’ll believe it.
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There are several common behaviors exhibited by a person who is struggling alone with an eating disorder and would most definitely benefit from eating disorder therapy.
1. Are you hiding your eating behaviors?
2. Are you isolating yourself feeling anxious and or depressed?
3. You can’t stop your disordered eating behaviors.
Contact Ilissa Banhazl, MFT for information on her eating disorder practice in Glendora
Tell me your story…
Do you ever think that if you just had someone to tell things to you might feel a lot better, more validated, less crazy & confused?
1. I’m talking about thoughts and feelings from your internal life; intimate thoughts that hold great meaning for you. Perhaps ones you’ve never shared with anyone before. 2. In therapy we untangle the story so that it makes sense and our thoughts are less distorted and more realistic. Together we figure out a plan to make things work better for you.
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To schedule an appointment call Ilissa Banhazl, MFT
Ask yourself why you haven’t made the call yet…
When you read a book designed to help you understand and treat your eating disorder, you are speeding up your recovery.
In between counseling sessions, I always suggest to people who like to read, that they read or use the workbook suggested that deals with their particular eating disorder.
I suggest you highlight any material that you relate to and bring that with you to session. Reflecting at home enhances your therapy sessions.
Here are 4 things you can expect to find in an eating disorder book:
1. Information and definition of a particular eating disorder; anorexia, bulimia, over-eating, binge and purge, etc.
2. Causes for your eating disorder
3. Understanding the mind-set of an eating disordered person
Sometimes we have to take action even if we don’t feel quite comfortable with a new behavior. If you wait for it to feel right or ready the time may ever come.
But, if you push yourself to do things that seem difficult or awkward; you will notice positive change and growth. The newness will start to feel normal.
You’ll feel pride knowing that you took a small risk and you’ll feel elated knowing you’re being somewhat different. You will be moving toward who you want to be, the best version of you.
Don’t worry what others may think and don’t focus on obstacles. Tell yourself; I can be anyone I want to be. All I have to do is take small baby steps in the right direction.
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