Are you new to recovery, or simply feeling stuck? Utilizing these quick tips for recovery can help jumpstart the process. Recovery is work, but it is oh-so beneficial in the long run.
Obviously, there is more to healing than these seven pointers listed below, but use them as a starting place or reminders when you need it most.
Establish your team
If you’re admitting to a treatment center, your whole team will be established for you. If not then it is crucial you establish an outpatient team.
Typically this includes a psychologist/therapist, psychiatrist, dietician, and primary care physician.
Together, they will work together to help properly guide you through the recovery process.
Distinguish between your ED voice and your own voice
At first, this may be difficult. The two may be intertwined or perhaps you aren’t ready to fully recover yet.
Regardless, one of the first steps is to identify what your eating disorder is saying compared to what your own voice is telling you.
A big tool I used involved writing down thoughts I was having. Seeing them on paper made it easier to distinguish whose voice was truly speaking, and helped me learn to listen to the right one.
Get some sort of habit tracker
I recently published a list of my favorite apps to aid in recovery. You can read it here.
I truly believe that habit trackers can be extremely beneficial to your recovery. They help me catch myself before I fall into a full relapse and are a great way to see improvements over time.
Set small goals
Any sort of goals are great motivators, but it is easier to see progress and results when you start small.
Completion percentages for one meal, a day free of behaviors, or challenging yourself with a food choice at snack is a great start.
Begining small is less daunting than jumping in head first, and will be more beneficial in your lasting recovery.
Start a meal plan
Meal plans are a crucial key to an enduring recovery.
With a dietician, a meal plan will be created for you to follow. This can help guarantee that your body is getting properly nourished.
Having a structure written out for you can also help to increase accountability when it comes to finishing your food.
You can read about my meal plan here.
Compile all of your coping skills
I’m sure through therapy you will get many handouts or you may even find some on your own. It is important to keep these worksheets in a safe place so that when you are in crisis mode they are easily accessible.
One of my favorite coping skills is playing with dogs, hence the adorable puppy picture above. I keep my skills neatly organized in a binder, by category, making them so simple to find.
Never forget that recovery is a process
Recovery is almost never linear, as I discussed in my eating disorder myths article. Just when you think you’re stable in recovery, a roadblock is thrown your way and you quickly fall into a relapse.
And that is okay.
This is almost a never perfect process.
Rather than beating yourself up over a slip-up, try your best to remember this. It can feel frustrating and hopeless at times but know that it does, and will, get better as long as you keep persevering through.
When times get tough, remember that you will beat this nasty, evil disorder. It is a fight every day, but trust me, the fight is worth it.