Monday, September 7, 2009

Resisting Eating Disorder Relapse

Lately I have been going through a lot. Things are not easy, and I really have to rely on healthy ways of coping with it.

In the past I would have restricted my eating, overate, not taken my meds properly, or a myriad of things. I would have isolated myself from my friends and family and not let them know how stressed and scared I was. I still struggle with these things, but have found other ways of dealing with it.

I have a relapse prevention plan that I filled out each time I left the hospital. I obviously didn't use it very well at least two times, but I am getting better and better at using the plan.

I found one online and it seems to be a good one. It is on and I really like the layout.

By coming up with strategies on how to handle difficult situations or "triggers" it makes it easier to overcome them. This can really apply to anyone, even if you don't have an eating disorder. Do you have a tendency to isolate yourself when you get stressed? Do you have trouble controlling your anger? There can be many things that "set us off" on the road we would rather not take. By filling out this form and coming up with strategies on how to face those difficult decisions, you may be able to find a way to stop the destructive behaviors in your life.

  • I am trying to use all healthy outlets when Edith starts to rear her ugly head.
  • I am using this blog as a way of reaching out to others that struggle.
  • I am writing in a journal.
  • I am talking to my very best friends about how hard things are, and that I need them to keep me stay on track. They cannot do it for me, but they are my support system.
  • I have put my meals and meds on a schedule and stick to it even when I don't feel like it. Until the stressers are gone, I have to maintain this schedule.

There are other things I can do to get me through the tough times. I will blog about those at another time. Take care and take this with you...

I have the power to change myself

1 comment:

  1. I like the idea of putting your meals on a schedule when you are going through a tough time and then maintaining that until the stressors are gone. I really need to do that! Have some sort of plan to fall on because we all know those times will come, we just don't know when.