An eating disorder is a psychological, often stress-induced disorder, which causes abnormal eating habits and patterns. These disorders range from the commonly known anorexia and bulimia, to the lesser known orthorexia, bigorexia, and many more.
The most important thing is to love and respect yourself. Your body may appear prettier on the outside as a result of not eating or throwing up after a meal, or you might get some satisfaction from overeating, but the ugly truth is that you’re harming yourself. If you’re resorting to unhealthy methods to get your body to look the way you want it, you need to ask yourself if it’s really worth it to have an ideal body, if you’re paying for it with your health.
Another important thing to think about while struggling with an eating disorder is determining the actual underlying cause. Is it purely about your appearance, or is it something else?
Depression, anxiety and stress are the most common factors leading to eating disorders. For some, it may even be a biological factor, which can be much harder to treat than purely psychological eating disorders.
If your eating disorder is caused by something in your life, such as stress or depression, it may be a good idea to see a therapist. Or perhaps talk to someone you already trust, like a friend or a family member. Keep in mind that it’s okay to reach out for help.
However, if you’re not comfortable coming out about your eating disorder, here are a few things you can do in your own time that may help:
- Get involved in a sport, or arts, or anything else that interests you. This will help keep you healthy, happy, and boost your self esteem.
- Meditate. This will help you feel calm, balanced, and in touch with yourself.
- Listen to your favorite music. This has a calming effect and helps reduce stress.
- Read a good book, go to the movies, or play your favorite game. This is really nice if you’ve been stressed and just need to escape for a while.
- Write a journal. It’s a great motivational tool. If you’ve been working on getting better and just feel beat, it is nice to express that feeling without worrying about being judged. It also gives you a means of looking back on the progress you’ve made, so you can feel proud of yourself.
- Stick to a regular eating schedule and don’t diet! This one takes a bit of discipline, but you’ll need it if you truly intend to beat this thing.
We understand that overcoming an eating disorder is a lot easier said than done, but hopefully you’ve learned some things to help you cope, so that you can get through this!