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Resources for recovery.

We are continually in awe of the resilience and determination that our clients and community have for recovery.

We are also mindful of the importance of looking after oneself in the time of Covid-19. According to Pinterest, in April this year there was a 332% increase in searches for “self-care at home”.

Here, we are creating and sharing resources – for free – that we hope will support your individual journeys at home. Please share them with those who need it.

Coping with Christmas

The holidays are upon us, and whilst many people are eager to celebrate, we are aware that some people – particularly those living with eating disorders – can struggle at this time of year.

Connecting with loved ones, celebrating with food, drink and presents can be complicated even in the most ‘normal’ of years – yet this year has been has been far from normal. Our tiered existence is complicated, frustrating, exhausting, and unpredictable – all feelings that can be tough to tolerate as someone with an eating disorder.

We’ve collated top tips from our team to support you with navigating this time of year.

October’s Self-Care Calendar

October is officially Orri’s Month of Self-Care. We have created 31 self-care activities for the 31 days of October for you to practice at home.

Cultivating a regular relationship self-care is crucial for recovery from an eating disorder. Your mind, body and spirit need to be nurtured and looked after as you progress in your journey.

Healing Body Image

When we think about our bodies, the way we feel towards them is often a reflection of the amount of love, worth and respect we feel towards ourselves in general.

With the advent of social media and tabloid journalism, the way we seek validation for ourselves from other people has been dramatically reduced to what’s on the outside.

In this workbook, we encourage readers to shift their focus and perspective, expanding it away from a dialogue around weight, shape and size, and instead to include personal interests, hobbies and relationships.

Grounding Exercises for Anxiety

Anxiety is an embodied response to a perceived threat, meaning that it is a feeling, or set of feelings, that arise within our body and triggered by an experience or situation that is making us feel unsafe.

Symptoms of anxiety can include increased heart rate, feeling short of breath, tense muscles, and racing thoughts. These are all the ways that our body and mind prepare us for fight or flight in times of distress.

Cultivating resilience to change – having a tolerance for what life throws at us – is crucial for
recovery. We can cultivate resilience by finding a sense of grounding in times of overwhelm.

Compassionate Thinking Worksheet

Admitting we need more compassion and kindness is an act of strength, and a demonstration of the trust we have towards ourselves that we can hold this difficult feeling but respond accordingly to it.

Kindness doesn’t always have to involve big actions or gestures (“doing” things), it may just be taking a few moments to check in and notice what’s happening for ourselves.

Take a few moments today to check in with this 4 step activity, and find that internal place that needs a little more selfcompassion right now.