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Words on Recovery: Marking the end of Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2021
WORDS ON RECOVERY Marking the end of Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2021
Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2021 came to an end yesterday and we just want to end it with some words on recovery.
Recovery is possible/ How do I know? Because I have seen many therapy clients, people attending support groups, those who email us and so on, recover and get better from an eating disorder, even after many years.
We previously asked members, during an eating disorder support group meeting a few years ago, WHAT IS RECOVERY? Here are some of the things people mentioned:
*Admitting you have a problem
*Not worry about numbers on the scale
*Enjoy eating with other people
*Adapting to change
*Being able to express yourself in a healthy way
*Not being invisible
*Being able to grab your dreams
*Get your ‘sparkle’ back
*Developing meaningful relationships
*Accepting you can be good enough, not perfect
*At peace with yourself
*Not thinking about food all the time
*More mentally/emotionally stable
*Being able to relax
*Seeing 'failure' as an opportunity/learning
*Being good to your body
*Realising there are other important things in life
*Being able to do things you missed because of eating disorder
*Able to tackle other health issues
*Being able to sleep better
*Feeling connected with other people
*Not being restricted
*Think/look after other problems
*Not feeling guilty
*Deal with problems in a ‘healthy’ way
*Being able to ask for help/support and knowing and feeling it is ok to do so
Notice how many of these things don't even mention food - showing that eating disorders are much more that about food and eating - recovery means much more.
What does recovery mean for you? What do you think about when you consider recovery? Make a note of what recovery means for you. This can act as a beneficial reminder, especially when dealing with challenges and finding change difficult.
Recovery is difficult, painful and distressful, but it is worth it in the end. recovery is absolutely possible! The key to recovery is to take small steps at a time and not to expect too much to change all at once. Recovery has a snowballing effect: once you make change somewhere, it often initiates change elsewhere.
Recovery is about making changes step-by-step, in your own time, about seeing mistakes or setbacks not as failure, but as learning opportunities. Recovery can happen if you let it in - it takes time, don't rush it. It took along time for your eating disorder to develop, and you may have an eating disorder for a long time, so it's not surprise that recovery takes time too.
Be patient, believe that you can do it. Many of our clients and individuals we have worked with in support groups, other settings etc. have experienced recovery and are exeperiencing recovery right now - you can do it too! You really can!!
Talking EDs: Glasgow and West Eating Disorders Support Service
Vacancy: Affiliate Therapist: Eating Disorders (Adults and Young People): Glasgow city centre (one morning/afternoon per week plus possible additional referrals ) CLOSING DATE: FRIDAY 29th JUNE 2020 * Would you like the opportunity to work with adult and young people experiencing eating disorders/disordered eating in private practice? * Would you like us to refer clients onto you while we take care of room hire fees, referral fees and advertising/marketing, admin, referrals, setting up initial appointments and still earn £30-£40 (£40 for after 5pm/weekend, £30 for daytime) per appointment? * Would you like to receive other benefits, such as discounted supervision, access to room hire discounts (when you hire the room for your own clients), discounted access to therapist peer support groups , free coffee and chat clubs for affiliates and more? * Would you like add a few clients to your own private practice and see the clients we refer o
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