Thursday, December 3, 2020

Eight Ways to Break Eating Disorder Patterns

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 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 need a clear vision of your future. You just need to know you want a better life free of your eating disorder.   Then you can look for opportunities that may lead to your healing path. This is a time of exploration and discovery.

red doorAn 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 lead you beyond your limiting routines and the mind control of an eating disorder.  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.

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

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



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