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Avoiding ED Triggers During the Holidays

How to Avoid ED TriggersThe holidays can be a rough time for people suffering from eating disorders. They have to handle all that the holidays bring: family feasts, downtime after meals and the pressure to be “happy”. At the same time, they have to stay in control of their symptoms so they don’t relapse.

What Can You Do To Remain on Track

While it might be hard, you can stay avoid relapse. Here are a few helpful tips to assist you:

  1. Lean Into Your Triggers: Don’t be afraid of your triggers – embrace them. Learn to face them, and get help from your family and friends. Prepare to face your triggers, and acknowledge that certain situations may stress you out. Then, keep reminding yourself that you can get through anything and that you’re doing as well as can be expected.
  2. Have a “Lifeline”: We all have people that we turn to when life gets rough. Have this person’s number handy in case you find yourself in a situation where your symptoms are on the verge of taking control.
  3. Eat more beans – or similar high-protein foods: Protein helps you feel fuller than if you indulge in sweets or even lots of meat. Reach for sides heavy with beans, grains or even nuts.
  4. Redirect negative thoughts: If the holidays are causing undue stress, meditate and try to clear your mind of the negative thoughts. Do some yoga – which also provides exercise to make you less likely to overeat and helps improve your mood. The more you feel less negative, the better your holidays will be.
  5. Don’t listen to the critics: Some of the best writers, actors and musicians would have never made it so far if they’d listen to the critics. So ignore them. You’ll always have supposed friends and family that want to comment on how your body has changed. Ignore the comments – or simply walk away. Be confident that you have been doing the right thing.

Holidays are stressful for most everyone, but they can be especially stressful for those with an eating disorder. Try to keep these tips in mind, but if you do need additional assistance, Shoreline is here to help. Contact us today.

Rachel Levi, LMFT, CEDS, F- IAEDPFounder/Clinical Director
Shoreline Center for Eating Disorder Treatment

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