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Recovery and self-help

Recovery from eating problems is possible, but can take time. Recovery means different things to different people. It might mean that you never have thoughts or behaviours related to your eating problem again. Or you might still experience thoughts and behaviours, but not as often. They might also have less impact on your life.Recovery can be scary if you feel: 

  • afraid of losing or putting on weight
  • anxious about losing control
  • that your eating problem is a big part of your life and identity, so you're not sure who you are without it.​

If you have tried to recover before, or have relapsed, you might start feeling like you're completely beyond help. But it is possible to feel better, even if it takes a long time.

Some people have found these tips to support recovery have worked for them:

  • ​Write down the reasons why you want to recover and look at them when things feel difficult.
  • Take all of your clothes that don't fit to a charity shop, or sell them online.
  • Treat yourself to some new clothes in sizes you feel confident in.
  • Try not to spend too much time looking in mirrors or checking your body.
  • Avoid weighing yourself if possible.
  • Write down all the healthy physical changes that are happening in your body.
  • Talk to other people – have a rant or share your worries with someone who understands.
  • Make a first aid kit of things you can turn to when things get difficult. This could include sensory items, letters from people who care about you, phone numbers, future goals, bucket lists, achievements, distraction techniques. 
  • Try not to make comparisons or spend too much time looking at pictures of people in magazines or online. Remember that these pictures are often filtered or photoshopped. 

Mind have some great tips for self-care and peer support recovery and self-care for eating problems | Mind, the mental health charity - help for mental health problems

What you say

What you say

Maudsley Course Testimonials

your unerring positivity, your calmness.. your skill, your knowledge and true EMPATHY(!) lifted the darkness and I am sure made everyone feel SO much better. I feel more positive today than I have for ages.

Maudsley Course Testimonials

I would thoroughly recommend this course to other carers wherever they are on their journey of supporting a loved one with and ED. Thank you EDNE.

Maudsley Course Testimonials

The course exceeded my expectations ! ..Excellent practical examples.. Feels empowering to have these tools…

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I’ve really appreciated the help I’ve been given at EDNE, I didn’t feel like I was just there as a client who just needed to get to the end of their sessions. I actually felt heard and understood.

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I was given permission to feel. Instead of being a person with an eating disorder, I was a person who could feel feelings’

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‘It was not just putting a plaster over something, it was about healing it. I can’t describe how it feels to have switched my mindset, after 50 years it is mind-blowing’

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..entire process has been incredibly supportive and empathetic, giving me the support I needed to move forwards.

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‘I couldn’t have managed without coming here. I genuinely think this place has kept me alive. I have a sense of hope now.’

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EDNE was friendly welcoming and flexible

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EDNE started me thinking about what resilience is and how I could manage day to day and have strategies’

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‘..has given me life-changing help. They’ve helped me overcome the barriers. It’s been about unravelling decades.

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The counselling has been a big turning point and the support from EDNE has been amazing.

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Eating distress ..is such a secretive thing. This has been the first time I didn’t feel alone with it.

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It has literally changed the quality of my life.

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The EDNE counsellor’s the only person who has helped me.. the big high walls have come down

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Once I got through the door it was easy. They didn’t judge. EDNE helped me to get to be this new person. The old one never looked up and never spoke.

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I used to block out feeling with food, it’s not like that now’

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The counselling sessions were absolutely amazing and life-changing.

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You think you’re the only person in the world. Now I’ve found out I’m not the only one.

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I have had time to think. ..started being able to calm myself down and going to bed earlier to relax. I’m managing money and time better and I’m looking after myself. I’ve never done that before.’

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As a small charity, we rely on the amazing generosity of the public to allow us to continue our work. Every donation is noticed and appreciated, and allows us to really make a difference in someone’s life – by helping to provide specialised one to one counselling sessions to people who would otherwise not be able to access them, run our support groups, and provide training so people can spot the signs of eating distress and help others seek the support they need as early as possible. We use Local Giving as our donation platform, and any contribution enables us to continue providing our supportive services for people struggling with anxiety around food

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