Thursday, April 9, 2020

How to Disrupt Eating Disorder Patterns to Better Your Life

Do you want a more interesting life filled with projects you care about and people you enjoy being with? Your own efficient routines may be getting in your way. Here’s how to find opportunity doors in your life.

If you have an eating disorder, or the remnants of an eating disorder, you live on the basis of a few or many eating disorder priorities. Perhaps you have a job or go to school or concentrate your life to caring for your family. You have commitments to your daily tasks.

You also have to find, create or bulldoze your time in order to binge or purge in private or exercise to degrees others consider extreme but which you consider vital. Plus, your mind and emotions will hijack your thinking by coming in with anxiety, self critical self talk, thoughts about your weight and size.

These activities fill your day, exhaust your energy and limit your imagination.  Where is the new? Where is inspiration? Where is exciting new challenge?

To open up your life you don’t have to think about and know what you want now. You just have to know you want a better or more interesting life.  Then you look for doors that open to different vistas than what you can see through your limiting routines.

red doorWhat’s a door? An opportunity door is anything you explore that is not part of your routine, especially something that interrupts your routine.

  1. Reading classic literature
  2. Taking a class
  3. Writing essays about things you see in your day
  4. Going to museums and exploring art
  5. Journaling in a new way
  6. Going on a retreat
  7. Volunteering in your community
  8. Participating in an online discussion group with people who are different from you.

Any of these can be opportunity doorways for you.  Your perception, heart and soul are uniquely yours. The opportunities you discover that fire your imagination will be uniquely yours too.  Your fired imagination will disrupt restricting routines and lead you to a more enlivened life.

Give it a try. You have nothing to lose but a restricted life. Your gain could bring you immeasurable happiness.


Joanna Poppink, MFT is a private practice psychotherapist in Los Angeles and author of Healing Your Hungry Heart: recovering from your eating disorder.






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