You might be reading this blog post because throughout the duration of your experience with your eating disorder, you’ve felt that recovery isn’t possible.
Perhaps people have told you that recovery isn’t possible, or, that recovery is years and years and years away…we don’t blame you if that mindset has made you feel disempowered and discouraged (we would feel this way to).
We believe that recovery is possible, particularly because we see it happen every day at Orri.
The process of recovery is an incremental experience, akin to a journey, that is made up of small steps and changes. It’s a daily, compassionate curiosity towards our lived experience… a commitment to honouring our emotional and physical needs, as they arise.
Holding onto hope that recovery is possible is what keeps people going in their journey. And who better to share hope than our amazing clients?
There is nothing more beautiful than when you prove to yourself just how strong you are.
Take a moment to reflect on the last time you felt strong (it doesn’t matter how long ago it was).
Those moments of strength can sometimes come out of nowhere: suddenly the food plan that was once so daunting, isn’t so daunting. We go out for a meal with our friends despite how much this used to scare us. We take a deep breath and tell someone how we’re really, truly doing and we let them comfort us.
Reflecting on those moments when we’ve been strong is really important. Reflecting allows us to take stock of our journey and to see how far we’ve come. It makes us realise that a bad day these days is often far from the bad days we used to have.
Everything you need, your courage, strength, compassion and love is already within you.
You know what helps our clients to recover whilst at Orri? Themselves.
Some people come into treatment thinking that they are an inherently bad, hopeless or unlikeable person. Perhaps they’ve absorbed horrible messages they’ve received from people in their life, or, have internalised past experiences that go on to form the narrative of their lives.
Recovery is a process of unearthing those precious parts of ourselves that the eating disorder has pushed aside. Rekindling our unique joy, creativity and love for life and others. It’s already within you – it just might be hard to find right now (but we believe in you).
Why are you living a black and white life in a world of colour?
This quote deserves its very own mic drop. Living with an eating disorder, particularly one that involves restriction, can mean that so much of our life becomes rigid and narrow. The extreme levels of control that we can live our life by doesn’t allow any space for spontaneity, change and ambiguity – and all the joy and excitement that can come from these experiences.
There can be such fear associated with losing control. We can also have little tolerance for negative feelings, such as anxiety or depression , for fear that we will become all-consumed by them and not be able to feel better again.
The process of recovery involves making friends with our emotions, whilst hesitating to label them “good” or “bad”. Emotions are simply ‘nudges’ or little flags that help us to navigate our lives and don’t require a moral judgement.
Through the help of specialists, we can learn how to process our emotions in a safe and contained way which allows for our whole self – mind, body and spirit – to be heard, listened to, and responded to.
If you would like to learn about how recovery is possible, simply reach out. Our team are available through phone, email or website contact form and endeavour to respond within 24 hours.