These are from a wonderful book called The Art Of Comforting. Check it out and learn how to be better at supporting people going through difficult things.
I learned this skill in DBT and I made a worksheet to share it with you. Of course, one does not have to fill out a worksheet to weigh the pros and cons of acting on a behavior but it can be helpful to consider the pros and cons of both acting and not acting on an impulse.
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- Jules: 22, female. experience with anorexia & teaches sexuality/health ed.
- Kaitlyn: 15, female. experience with self-harm, suicidal thoughts, anxiety and disordered eating..
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Reblogging for those of my followers who may need help with recovery or just looking for inspirational blogs to follow.
You can have an eating disorder at any weight! The media may only focus on people who are severely underweight and your disorder may tell you that you’re not sick unless you’re thinner, these are both inaccurate. Knowing that you need to seek help is an amazing first step and you should be very proud of that. Your friends are not experts. Over time, you can provide them with resources about eating disorders so that they can begin to understand your eating disorder. Right now, what they need to know is that you’re in a lot of pain, and that’s what they will care about.
Telling someone about this problem can seem overwhelming or scary, but we tend to imagine the worst possible response and it is almost never as bad as you imagine. Sometimes it can be helpful to tell it like a story. You can even write it out in advance, to organize your thoughts. It can also be good to have a goal, such as “I want to see a psychiatrist immediately” so that your family knows what to do with your disclosure. If you have more questions about how to seek help, please ask.
Here are some resources for how to tell someone about your problem and how to get help.
- Telling Someone at Mirror Mirror
- If you’re in the US, call the NEDA toll free, confidential Helpline Monday-Friday, 9:00 am- 5:00 pm, Eastern Standard Time: 1-800-931-2237 or click here.
Hey hon! I’m more than happy to answer anonymous asks.
It sounds like your friend is very lucky to have someone supportive like you in her life. There are a few things that you can do to support her. The most important one is talking to her and asking her what specific things you can do to support her. Examples might be avoiding having certain over-eating trigger foods wherever you are hanging out, choosing to spend time at places that do not focus on food, like going to a painting studio or something, being available to be a distraction when she is struggling with urges, etc. Every person has different needs, and asking her what specific things you can do to help empowers her to reach out for support and makes it clear what you can do to be supportive. Here are some other resources that may help you out. Some are more geared towards restrictive eating disorders, but also have other good information.
- ANAD Dos and Don’ts of Caring For Someone With an Eating Disorder
- The Most Helpful Thing a Friend Has Done To Support My Recovery
- How to talk to someone about their eating disorder
- 10 things never to say to someone with an eating disorder
- How to help a friend with eating and body image issues
- Support bulletin board for family and friends at somethingfishy
- What you can (and can’t) do at somethingfishy
- Approaching someone you care about at somethingfishy
- Resource List for Binge Eating Disorder
Using Your Spare Time this Summer in a Healthy Way: “Summertime means that there is more spare time, less clothes worn, and weather that makes it easier to go out and exercise. It is so easy to get carried away with disordered eating thoughts and to spiral downward, as I have in the past.”
Made rebloggable by request :)
I have been working with my therapist on reaching out to people when I’m feeling bad, but sometimes talking about everything would be too overwhelming or not conducive to me getting through the day. That usually makes me shy away from reaching out. Instead, I posted on facebook asking my friends to send me videos that make them smile. It gave people an easy way to help, and it made me feel a lot better, both from watching the videos and because my friends sent them to me. Here are some videos to make you smile, courtesy of my friends in “real life.”