15 Body Image Tips for After Holiday Struggles

From Voice in Recovery - read the full article here

  1. Take care of your body and its needs: This means get enough sleep, stick to your meal plan (if you have them), eat foods that nourish you, and take time for self care.
  2. Monitor your self talk. Begin to counter the thoughts. For every negative thought, write down a few positives. Carry around a journal and pen.
  3. Focus on writing a list of your accomplishments for the week. No matter how small or large. It is important to see your worth is not tied to what you look like, but who you are and the progress and journey you are on.
  4. Reach out to your support group and treatment team. Ask for some help, guidance, support
  5. Get moving (if approved by your treatment team). I find when I work out I FEEL better in my body for what it can DO and not what it looks like. Even a simple walk outside for 20 minutes can do wonders
  6. Write a gratefuls list.
  7. Do something kind for yourself, every single day. Even if it is only for 5 minutes, do something to show yourself love and kindness.
  8. Separate the YOU from the ED voice. Yell at the ED voice, scream into a pillow, text a friend. It is important to see that YOU are not the shit talking voice.
  9. Dress up. Ok it may sound silly, but dressing cute, or taking time to put together a new outfit, can help us carry ourselves differently. Try a new color combo, do anything to NOT hide in your clothing. Remember to wear fitted clothing, not clothing that is too tight. If you find clothing that is too small that you are clinging to, now is the time to throw them out.
  10. Get outside if you can, focus on the sounds, colors, scents, take a few minutes to connect yourself with all of your senses. Take a few minutes to meditate and focus just on your breathing and clear your head.
  11. Allow yourself to FEEL. Try to avoid running from all of your feelings. Allow yourself to feel them, and let them flow naturally. If you need to cry, then cry. It is OK to cry.
  12. Write down a healthy coping list to carry with yourself at all times. Write a list of at least 10 things you can do when you feel stressed, anxious, worried, or triggered.
  13. Journal. Write down the thoughts. Get them out of your head. Don’t let them have free rent in your head.
  14. Have checkins through the day to see if you are being present in the moment, or lost in the thoughts. Take some time to look around, re connect with the moment you are in, and focus just on that for a few minutes
  15. Breathe. Often when stressed, we may catch ourselves not breathing. Try to take a few moments through the day for deep breathing.
Lisa Leeeating disorder