Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Top 10 Tips For Eating Disorder Recovery - Self Acceptance, Health & Well Being

@ Jacquelyn Ekern, MS, LPC, Director of Eating Disorder Hope

I. Work with a treatment team consisting of a therapist, nutritionist, physician and otherprofessionals, if at all possible. Also, seeks out some of the many wonderful self help programs available to assist you in recovery.

Treatment by a team of qualified professionals who specialize in the treatment of anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder and/or compulsive overeating is the best course of action to address and recover from disordered eating.
There are highly regarding organizations that offer referrals to treatment professionals available online and by telephone. Consider contacting the National Eating Disorder Association or the Academy of Eating Disorders for a list of professionals who provide treatment in your area. Also, many anorexia, bulimia and BED sufferers and families find that reviewing the online 'virtual brochures' offered in the Eating Disorder Specialist Library greatly simplifies their search for treatment.
If your access to professional treatment is limited, also seek out support through organizations such as Overeaters Anonymous, Eating Disorders Anonymous, and local church or community groups designed to provide support for sufferers.

II. Develop self acceptance through practicing compassion toward self.

Also, practice kindness toward yourself and offering unconditional self care and self respect. Refuse to allow your self esteem to be determined by outside factors, but rather find your value in the content of your character and by being the uniquely wonderful person God created you to be.

III. Develop a positive and self nurturing internal dialogue.

Our inner dialogue with ourselves is critical to our recovery and general well being. Learn how to recognize ineffective thoughts and replace these with accurate and uplifting thoughts.

IV. Get treatment for co-occurring disorders such as anxiety and depression.

Anxiety disorders such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), generalized anxiety, panic disorder, agoraphobia, separation anxiety and social phobias are often co-occurring issues. Learn about the symptoms, treatment and etiology of anxiety disorders and recognize the importance of treating these disorders with therapy and possibly medication, when prescribed by a medical doctor.

V. Practice mindfulness and living in the moment.

Mindfulness is the practice of becoming more aware of the present moment, rather than dwelling in the past or projecting into the future. Many find mindfulness techniques helpful in recovery...Finish Reading Article

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