Endure – #NEDAwareness Week (3)

If you or anyone you know happens to be struggling with an eating disorder, I have included links at the bottom to organizations that have helped me and where you can acquire support.

If you are interested in reading about my personal struggle with eating disorders, I have recently posted about it here.

Eating disorders can ruin your life but it doesn’t have to. Recovery is hell but worth it. It’s one of the worst things that I’ve ever had to do but it’s also one of the best.

Here is a list of things that have helped me cope through difficult moments that I hope can help you or someone you know.

  • Breathing
  • Listening to guided meditations
  • Reading
    • Noise: The Political Economy of Music by Jacques Attali
    • Fear: Essential Wisdom For Getting Through the Storm by Thich Nhat Hanh
    • The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
    • Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World: A Novel by Haruki Murakami
    • Lullaby by Chuck Palahniuk
    • If You Feel Too Much by Jamie Tworkowski
  • Writing
    • Keeping a diary
    • Fiction
    • Essays
    • Making lists of things that I’m grateful for is one of the most effective things at making me feel better when I’m struggling
  • Listen to music
  • Make music
  • Dance
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Crafting
  • Coloring
  • Photography
  • Play with pets
  • Exercising
    *Be cautious not to overexert yourself or do so because of compulsive thoughts! Listen to your body! Remember that even going for a casual stroll counts!
  • Get out of the house
  • Sit at a coffee shop and read/write/whatever
  • Go to the movies (I go by myself sometimes and it’s very liberating)
  • Shopping
  • Running errands
  • Go to a park and swing or just sit
  • Visit someone at work and make their day
  • Watch TV
    • 3rd Rock From The Sun
    • Bob’s Burgers
    • Daria
    • Freaks and Geeks
    • The IT Crowd
    • Law and Order: SVU
    • The Twilight Zone
  • Watch a movie
    • 엽기적인 그녀 (My Sassy Girl)
    • Anything by Hayao Miyazaki
    • Big Hero 6
    • Edward Scissorhands
    • How to Steal a Million
    • Moulin Rouge
    • Premium Rush
  • Watch YouTube videos
  • Take a bath
  • Try something you’ve always wanted to do but never have
  • Talk to someone – get a therapist

Don’t give up! Life is difficult and sometimes it takes years and years of hardship before the storm calms down. Always know that along the way, you will encounter people and experiences that will change your life for the better. Teach yourself to see the good in each moment and grow from setbacks.

There are and will always be people who want to help you.

National Eating Disorders Association

The Emily Program

One thought on “Endure – #NEDAwareness Week (3)

  1. Thank you for sharing how you cope with ED. I’ve almost died/was almost put into hospice twice and I’ve been hospitalized for an ED three times. Recovery can be a bitch. One thing that I learned is that the only person that can recover for you is yourself. Nobody can do it for you. Hang in there xx

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