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#MondayMotivation: Recovery Quotes

 #MONDAYMOTIVATIONThis week's #MondayMotivation focuses on some quotes about 'recovery'. See the recovery quotes below. What does recovery mean to you?
Best wishes,
Alexandra Talking EDs (Glasgow and West Eating Disorders Support Service)

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Monday Motivation: Focus on Control

This week's #MondayMotivation focuses on control.

Some words on feelings of uncertainty, unknowingness, anxiety, fear and being out-of-control. Because we know many of you are feeling these things. Amidst the panic and anxiety surrounding the current COVID-19 situation is the sense of feeling trapped, out-of-control or even helpless. However, many of our current and previous clients feel these things all/most of the time, pre-and-post COVID-19. These are some of the feelings our clients, and those getting in touch about accessing therapy, are expressing. They may assert that some behaviours, such as restricting doo or exercising (and many other things) helps them cope and feel a little more in-control in the short-term; however, they also recognise that these safety and avoidance behaviours really only increases their sense of things feeling out of our control, in the ling-term. I think there are 2 things to consider that can help us surf through these waves of uncerta…

Focus on Binge Eating Disorder

Focus on..... Binge Eating Disorder (BED)
Binge Eating Disorder or BED is often characterised by someone consuming very large amounts of food over short period of time, even if they are not hungry. Although, we often see another form of binge eating that is characterised by an almost constant 'grazing' of food, which may amount to a large volume of food over time.
BED is almost 2x as common in women than in men, although gender differences are less pronounced than in Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa. BED has been found is all cultures and ethnicities.
BED was formally classified in 2014 as distinct Eating Disorder and now has formal classification in DSM-5.
Keeping in mind that everyone experiencing BED is different and BED may present differently (we are all different and unique, after all!), some of the signs and symptoms of BED include:
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Suicide Prevention Week 2020

Suicide Prevention Week 2020
As some of you may know, it is Suicide Prevention Week here in the UK. #suicidepreventionweek We just want you to know that we are here to talk, listen and support you. No judgement, no pressure, no hurrying things along. Your pace, in your time, with our support. We work with each client individually, tailoring therapy and counselling to each person we work with. We're all different after all and different things work for different people, at different times. You are not alone, even though it might feel like it sometimes. Let's talk. Warmest wishes, Alexandra

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This week's #MondayMotivation focuses on 'The Tricky Brain'. We often talk about this in therapy and counselling and it can really help clients to see that many of the problems they blame themselves for are not their fault: the old part of our brain hasn't kept up and presents us with all sort of problems.

Basically, the hardware and software in certain parts of our brain haven't updated, through no fault of our own, making things quite tricky for us, especially when it comes to anxiety, worry, panic and stress. So, parts of the brains operating system, built to help us many 1000s of year ago haven't updated, yet we still live out lives according to that old, outdated operating system.

If you don't update your phone or laptop, it starts causing problems over time, right? Certain parts of the brain are the same. However, we can't reach into the brain and tinker about with those parts that haven't evolved so well, can we?…

#MondayMotivation: make your own safe box or comfort kit

Every Monday, we post some 'motivation': this could be a quote, picture, activity, story, articles etc. This week's 'motivation' involves making a 'Safe Box' or 'Comfort Box'. Read about how to do this below.
Make yourself a 'Safe Box' or a 'Comfort Kit'. This can be very useful during times of distress, overwhelm or when we feel under threat in some way (e.g. anxious, confusing feelings etc.)
What you put in your box/kit is up to you; however it's purpose is to provide you with a 'go to' a toolbox that you can reply on during times of distress or discomfort. You can choose from various things from the kit or box that will help you when you are feeling distressed, upset, unhappy, angry, sad or when your eating disorder thoughts, feelings and behaviours are overwhelming or difficult to control.
Some of the things the box/kit might include are:

* relaxation CDs; favourite music that you can dance to/cheers you…