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How do you recover from an eating disorder?

Welcome to Beanbag! If you find yourself here, it's likely that you or someone close to you is facing the challenges of an eating disorder. Please know that you are never alone on this journey. Eating disorders affect millions around the globe, but there is hope for recovery. How can you start your recovery journey?

  1. Seek Help and Guidance The first step to recovery is seeking help. A qualified healthcare provider, such as a therapist or nutritionist, can help you assess your condition, develop a tailored treatment plan, and monitor your progress. You can even use the free Beanbag app to guide you: we adapt Enhanced Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for eating disorder recovery and are backed by a clinical and medical team. Remember that seeking help is a sign of strength, and it is never too late to get support.

  2. Address Underlying Issues: Eating disorders often stem from underlying psychological or emotional issues. Understanding and addressing these underlying factors are crucial steps in recovery. Some common contributing factors may be stress, trauma, or a negative self-image. By identifying and addressing these issues, you're on your way to long-term recovery.

  3. Learn Healthy Coping Strategies: Eating disorders often involve unhealthy coping mechanisms to deal with unpleasant emotions or stressful situations. Learning healthy, adaptive techniques can help you replace unhealthy habits with healthier options. Practices like mindfulness, self-care, physical exercise, or journaling can help you cope with stress and emotions in a balanced way.

  4. Practice Mindful Eating: Recovering from an eating disorder involves developing a positive, healthy relationship with food. This involves approaching food with mindfulness and self-compassion. A qualified nutritionist can help you build a healthy relationship with food, where you respect your body's hunger and fullness cues and enjoy a variety of nutritious foods that make you feel good.

  5. Develop a Support System: Recovering from an eating disorder can be a challenging experience that requires support from family, friends, or others in the recovery community. Alongside professional support, consider finding a support group or a trusted friend or family member to lean on during tough times.

  6. Practice Self-Care: Recovering from an eating disorder can be overwhelming, and prioritizing self-care is essential. Make sure to take breaks and engage in activities that bring you joy and relaxation. This can involve anything from taking a warm bath, reading a book, or spending time in nature. Remember to prioritize yourself and your well-being in your recovery journey.

Recovery from an eating disorder is achievable, and we believe in you. Remember, every person's journey toward recovery is unique and valid, and it is never too late to seek support. Reach out today and take the first step towards recovery. We're here for you! 💜


Want some help in your recovery? The Beanbag app covers all 6 points by guiding you through a clinically reviewed 20 week recovery program. Download our free app today and check it out here!

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Written By:

The Beanbag Team


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