There are many factors that come into play when recovering from an eating disorder. This time in your life can be very challenging. You are faced with the task of looking at many of the choices you once made and dissecting how these choices helped or hurt you. You have to begin to change your thoughts and develop new patterns of living. On top of that, you are learning a new way to eat and be happy with yourself. So the biggest question is how to focus on yourself during this time of recovery.

One way is to focus on your emotional well-being. There are many ways to improve your emotional intelligence during a time of recovery. When struggling with an eating disorder, you may not have been able to use effective coping skills to deal with some of life’s issues. While in recovery, it is important to begin talking with others about the past events that may have led up to the development of your eating disorder. Talking with a therapist is a great way to begin to heal and care for yourself.

Another way to help you emotionally pull through your eating disorder is to take time to yourself. Finding a few minutes throughout the day to do something you enjoy will help. Even if it is taking a few minutes to sit outside and breath in the fresh air during your break at work, or curling into bed a little early to read a book. Whatever you enjoy doing that gives you time to yourself will aid in your recovery.

A support group can help you process all of the new emotions that you are beginning to feel. Support groups are helpful as the people in these groups know exactly how you feel because they have been in the same place. Support groups allow you to open up about the struggles that you are facing.

Along with your emotional health, your physical health should be considered also. Making the decision to not overeat is not as easy as it may seem. You must substitute overeating with a new food plan. One of the best food plans to use is the non-diet approach to weight loss. This food plan allows you to lose weight in a healthy and natural way.

You will be able to switch from overeating to a healthier way of eating. Being physically healthy is an important part of recovering from an eating disorder. Being healthy helps you become physically well. When you are physically well, you are better able to handle the struggles that may come up.

Recovering from an eating disorder is a journey that will be the best decision you ever made in the end. There will be struggles along the way. These will become easier when you ensure that your physical and emotional health are taken care of. You are the most important part of your journey.

Author's Bio: 

The above article is based on the book, "Winning Overeating" by Ofira Shaul. Ofira is a Naturopathy doctor. This experiential, self-development leader has devoted her life to finding the best natural way to obtain permanent weight loss while improving the total quality of your life. Her all-natural program does not require you to use any pills, count calories, or starve yourself.

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