Self-Care Tips for Eating Disorder Recovery
Disordered eating and eating disorders can affect your mind, body, and spirit. You may feel fatigued, scattered, emotionally numb, or emotionally overwhelmed. Positive self-care habits are an essential part of recovering from an eating disorder and establishing healthy, sustainable habits, but when you struggle with eating or body image concerns, even the most basic aspects of self-care can feel challenging.
Professional help is often necessary for eating disorder recovery, but there are also steps you can take on your own to start feeling better.
Start with these
- A number doesn't define you. It limits you.
- Choose to focus on what empowers you instead.
Try the no "fat talk" experiment:
If you and your friends tend to complain about your weight or bodies, gently suggest that you all ban fat talk together. Try it for a week and treat it like an experiment. Notice what happens when the conversation shifts away from dieting, weight, calories, clothing size, or body shaming others. During that time, you might also choose to intentionally build up the positive talk about other aspects of yourself, such as your strengths, values, goals, and what you appreciate.
Need some encouragement? Give your social media feed a makeover with these 53 Body Positive Influencers You Should be Following (by Very Well Mind)
More ways to choose empowerment during eating disorder recovery:
Choose thoughts, statements, and actions that provide encouragement and empowerment.
Choose foods that leave you feeling nourished and energized.
Choose physical activities that are fun and leave you with a sense of life-affirming vitality.
What would you do differently if your goal was to feel empowered?
Choose sustainable actions and expectations. If you're not sure if a part of your life is sustainable, ask yourself how long you could healthfully keep this up. Would there be negative consequences of trying to sustain this activity or habit for a prolonged period of time? If so, what changes could you make to create a healthier habit? And who are your supporters in making this change?
Campus Health Wellness Tools:
Choose to Feel Good
Know what makes you feel good
How do you want your life to feel? Take a few minutes to identify the good feelings you want to cultivate in your life. Then, make a list of activities, people, or places that help you feel that way. How can you work them into your daily life?
Wear what makes you feel good
Wear what expresses who you really are and makes you feel confident. Don't force yourself into trends that make you feel insecure or don't match who you are inside. And let the size be irrelevant. Focus on feeling good when you get dressed.
Try this to start:
Take our #StrongerThan Challenge and share your journey on Instagram!
1. Take a screenshot of the image below
2. Upload it to your Instagram story
3. Cross off the activities you have completed
4. Tag @UAZCampusHealth and 3 friends
5. Share away!
Find out more about our Stronger Than resilience program.
More Campus Health Tools for Feeling Good:
Start where you are and reach out when you need help
Not sure if it's an eating disorder?
Campus Health Services offers a wide range of services tailored to meet the needs of a student who falls anywhere on the continuum of eating and body image concerns. Services include:
- short-term individual counseling
- group counseling
- consultation and referral support
More Campus Health Wellness & Eating Disorder Recovery Tools
Build your coping skills (for free!)
TAO Pathways offers free self-help activities recommended by CAPS to help with stress, anxiety, relationship problems, anger management, problem-solving, communication, or evaluating your alcohol and drug use - without a counseling appointment.
Enroll for free with the enrollment key: CAPS-Cares-520
Get the Facts
- myths and facts about eating disorders
- take an eating disorder screening.
- helping someone with eating and body image concerns
- An Overview of Eating Disorders on Very Well Mind
- 9 Truths About Eating Disorders on Very Well Mind
- Body Image and Eating Disorders on Very Well Mind
- Eating Disorder Treatment and Recovery on Help Guide
- Self-Compassion in Eating Disorder Recovery on Psychology Today
- 70 Resources to Support Eating Disorder Recovery
- In the Moment Mindful Eating app
- Eat Chew Rest (available for iPhone)
- Stressbusters Wellness, U of A Edition: audio tracks, relaxation, meditation, events.
- Headspace: Meditation and Mindfulness Made Simple
- Stop, Breath & Think: 5 minutes to peace
- Ipnos relaxation and sleep tools: relaxation melodies, relaxation meditation, relaxing yoga music, wake-up and sleep-aid clock app
- Omvana by Mindvalley: 500+ transformational audios for body, mind, lifestyle, productivity, relationships, hypnosis