Recovery wisdom is best sourced from the people who have been through it. So, we asked our Instagram followers for their tips for maintaining recovery over the festive period.
As we mentioned last year:
If you, reading this, are someone who struggles with the festive period, know that your experience is welcome here and it is completely valid. It is ok to not be ok, the most important thing is that you continue to show up for yourself, every day.
Take stock of the offerings below and see how you can mindfully implement them in your recovery plans.
1) Confide in your friends and family who will keep you accountable
A problem shared is a problem halved. We should never have to do recovery alone, and despite how difficult it might be to reach out and share our difficulties, leaning into the support of others is actually incredibly importand helpful in recovery. Not only do we realise that we’re not alone, but we can also use them to keep us accountable to our goals for recovery.
2) Remember, consistency, not perfection!
People with eating disorders can often struggle with perfectionism, so challenging that impulse is really important when we’re moving through recovery. Rather than trying to do it all incredibly well, focus on being consistent with your goals and actions each day, and allow those behaviours to become habitual. This ensures that the direction we’re heading in is authentic and true to who we are, underneath the eating disorder.
3) Only do you what you are ready for
Pacing is mighty important in recovery. Whilst we can feel pressure (either internally or externally imposed) to get somewhere as quick as possible, take it slowly and forgive yourself for whatever pace that is. In recovery, it’s all about gently challenge ourselves – with the support of others – and without inflicting a sense of overwhelm. This helps build resilience for future challenges.
4) Be mindful of checking comparisons
What might be right for someone may not be right for you. Bring a compassionate awareness to how you are perceving yourself in relation to others. Ask yourself, what’s the intention behind this comparison? Stay focused on your own path.
5) Plan your meals and snacks with family
For many, Christmas is about coming together and connecting with our loved ones. Whilst this can be a really positive experience, it can be incredibly challenging for someone with an eating disorder, particularly if food is involved. Take time out ahead of time to plan your meals and snacks with your family so that everyone is on board and supportive.
6) Be sociable
Socialising is healing. An eating disorder can be such an isolating illness that opening up and sharing your experience and joy with others can help losen the hold that the eating disorder has. Life is about having fun! Open your heart and allow others in to help with that.
Looking for more Christmas content?
- Coping with Triggering Conversations in Recovery – Guest Blogger
- 10 Practical Tips for your Festive Recovery
- Reflections and Festivities, with our Yoga and Body Awareness Therapist
- A workbook for Christmas
- Creating and holding boundaries over Christmas
- Food and Festivities, from our Specialist Eating Disorder Dietitian