Hey girl, I see you pushing past those fear foods, challenging the voice of your eating disorder, and committing to your recovery like nobody’s business. I’m so proud of you. Let that sink in for a moment, okay? I really am proud of you. But I know sometimes you feel like the anxiety is never ending. I know sometimes you think that a full recovery just isn’t ever going to happen for you. I know you’re tired and might want to throw the towel in already. I’m going to tell you not to give up just yet. And here’s why: recovery can’t be rushed. It’s as simple as that. And also kind of complicated and messy at times. But it’s worth it. Let’s talk about why.
Slow Strides And Strong Vibes
Contrary to popular opinion, most days in recovery are composed of anything but strong vibes (especially in the beginning). Please, don’t beat yourself up if you don’t pop out of bed in the morning, excited to meet your meal plan and honor your body. It’s perfectly okay if self love isn’t coming so easily to you, just strive for self acceptance when you can. Recovery is made in the slow strides. In the little moments where you allow yourself to sleep in, even though it takes everything in your will power not to go for that morning run. Remember, not all recovery wins feel like victories. A slow stride is still a win even if you cry your eyes out as you eat the remaining calories you need. As long as you’re still fighting, you are winning. As time goes on, the voices will get quieter and the strong vibes will fill most of your days. But to get there, you have to be patient and understanding of the process.
Is There Any Way to Speed it the Heck Up!?
I know you’re in a hurry to get to that place where every meal is not a battle and confidence has the room to bloom. And fortunately, there are a few things you can do to reach those important recovery milestones sooner rather than later. Namely, you need to make sure that all of your needs are being met. Emotionally, mentally, and physically. Take advantage of resources that will weaken your eating disorder’s grip and help you push through the tough times. Therapy is a great resource because it forces you to verbally acknowledge and work through your triggers. Journaling can also be incredibly useful.
And of course, I have tons of resources available to you right here on the blog. Need to stop counting calories but not sure where to start? Here’s 5 tips to stop counting for good. Working towards challenging your safe foods and overcoming the fear of eating more? Here’s a worksheet for overcoming safe foods and several checklists to guide you through upping your calories without fear. Maybe it’s the the concept of weight gain you’re struggling with. Here’s an entire mini Ebook full of strategies to help you cope with weight gain when you’re recovering from an eating disorder. All of these resources are free, and yours for the taking. You may not be able to rush recovery, but you sure can make it more comfortable with the right tools.
So remember to slow down, take a breath, and let your journey unfold as it’s supposed to. Know that with every slow stride you’re getting closer to stronger days and freedom.
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