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Category Archives: Eating Disorder Relapse

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How to Cope with Holiday Stress

The holiday season is supposed to be full of good things—but as we all know, it doesn’t always work out that way. Your holiday season may be heavier on stress than on frivolity or good cheer—and if you happen to be in eating disorder recovery, that additional stress can prove truly damaging. Stress can exacerbate any mental health condition, be it an eating disorder, depression, or an anxiety disorder. As such, those who are in recovery often have a particularly hard time during the busy weeks of December. The good news is that there are always steps you can take…

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Handling Food Challenges Over the Holidays

The holiday season can often be full of family, fun, and good cheer. Of course, it can also be full of stress—and above all, it can be full of food. Many holiday traditions and festive gatherings revolve around food and drink. For those who are in eating disorder recovery, navigating these events can be challenging. The good news is that it is more than possible to handle holiday food challenges with your recovery intact—and even to have a sweet and enjoyable holiday season. Today, we’ll offer a few tips that we hope you will find helpful. How to Approach Food…

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Facebook LIVE Discussion: Maintaining Recovery During The Holidays

Hosts: Chelsea Martin, RD & Travis Stewart, LPC Protecting your recovery during the holiday season can be difficult. It is important to brush up on relapse prevention skills and be mindful of complicated situations that can occur around food, body image and exercise. In this discussion, we will identify ways to put your recovery first by planning ahead and being proactive. It will include ways to cope with overwhelming situations and how to manage your meal plan at holiday get togethers. There will be discussion on how to utilize your support system as well as reminders of internal resources. This…

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Holiday Refocus Program at Castlewood

Even for those in eating disorder recovery, there are seasons of upheaval—ups and downs on your recovery journey. For many, the holidays can bring more downs than ups. There are a number of reasons for this, and they all boil down to one thing: The holiday season can be stressful. It can be stressful for anyone, and when you are already focusing so much of your mental and physical strength on recovery it makes everything more challenging. The good news is that there are ways to fortify your commitment to recovery, and to get the support you need during a…

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How can I stay focused on recovery when all I hear is, “What are you doing for Thanksgiving?

No matter how grounded you may feel in your recovery journey, the holiday season can add stress and anxiety surrounding family dynamics and the abundance of foods. Now is the time to make a recovery plan for the holidays, starting with Thanksgiving.  This is an important time to remind yourself of how far you have come in your journey. No positive change you have made in either thought patterns or food-related behaviors is too small.  Every tiny step you have made towards full recovery is significant, and each one builds on the next to create a solid foundation of recovery…

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Planning for Post-Recovery

Recovery isn’t something you “attain.” It’s an ongoing process, something you work toward every single day. As such, it’s not just something you engage in while in treatment, but also after treatment, once you return to your “normal” life. This is sometimes called the post-recovery phase, and in many ways can be one of the most difficult parts of the recovery journey. Maintaining healthy habits while also dealing with the stresses of everyday life can put a strain on you, which is why it is important to have a post-recovery plan in place. That’s a big part of what the…

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Putting Your Recovery First As You Go Back to School

For many students, the back-to-school season brings a combination of excitement and nerves. You’re sorry to see your summer vacation come to an end, and maybe a little bit apprehensive about the social and academic challenges of a new school year—but at the same time, it’s fun to get back in the swing of things, to reconnect with friends, and to be introduced to new teachers, subjects, and experiences. Of course, if you are in recovery for an eating disorder, the nerves may outweigh the excitement. Recovery is all about coping effectively with daily stresses—and the back to school season…

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Relapse Prevention

Recovery is not something you achieve and then forget about. Rather, it is a process, a journey—something you cultivate over the course of a lifetime. On any recovery journey, there will be bad days and tough times. There may even be moments of relapse. There are many factors that might cause or exacerbate an eating disorder relapse; many of them tied to external stressors in your life or are biological, psychological or social factors The question is, what do you do in the face of relapse? First and most importantly: Show yourself some compassion. You have not failed, and relapse…

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Eating Disorder Relapse

Going through the eating disorder recovery process does not mean that you are “fixed” or “cured.” Recovery is a lifelong process, one that will entail both good days and bad. As such, eating disorder relapse can happen, and it is important to be aware of its implications. First, why do relapses happen? To understand this, remember that eating disorders are not primarily about food. They are generally rooted in genetic and biological factors, but external stress and anxiety can sometimes trigger or exacerbate them. Transitioning from eating disorder treatment program back into your “normal” life—and all the struggles associated with…

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The Importance of Reflection

When you’re in recovery, your life tends to be very goal-oriented. You may be taking things one day at a time, but you do expect to see some progress—and when you fail, err, or relapse, it can be devastating. Indeed, one of the biggest obstacles to recovery is our natural tendency to beat ourselves up. We have one bad day or weak moment in which we drift away from our meal plan, or else let stress get the better of us. Then we kick ourselves for the mistake, which causes our confidence to plummet and anxiety to rise. Cruelly, this…

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