Tips to Avoid an Eating Disorder Relapse During Swimsuit Season
Swimsuit season is just around the corner. Many are looking forward to spending time relaxing by the pool over spring break and summer vacation, but for those suffering from eating disorders, swimsuit season can spell disaster. A focus on appearance and fitting into that bikini may trigger an eating disorder relapse.
Recovery from an eating disorder takes time, and it is often a struggle. When faced with cultural influences and pressure to look a certain way, individuals in recovery from an eating disorder may be more likely to revert back to old habits and behaviors.
Are you headed for a relapse? Watch for these signs:
- Fixation on food, weight and dieting
- Worry about a losing control
- Obsessive dieting or exercising with the primary goal of looking good or fitting into a certain size.
- Frequently looking in the mirror or stepping on the scale
- Irritability, isolating or avoiding events that involve food
- Engaging in secretive behaviors
- Constantly unsatisfied with weight or physical appearance, despite what family friends and the scale say
Don’t let swimsuit season get the best of you and trigger a relapse of your eating disorder. Keep your focus on being healthy, rather that achieving a certain weight or look. Remember that eating is essential to a healthy live.
Avoid relapse with these tips:
- Seek help from a professional. Recovery from an eating disorder such as anorexia or bulimia is a process, and it is not something you should try to do on your own. Eating disorder treatment including support groups can help you on the road to recovery and avoid relapse.
- Maintain a consistent diet. Eat regularly and maintain consistency in your diet and routine. Get into and stay in the habit of eating regular, normal-sized meals.
- Participate in healthy exercise activities. Exercise is essential to a healthy life, but those who are prone to eating disorders often have a tendency to over-exercise, becoming fixated on achieving a specific weight or fitting into a specific size of clothing.
- Journal. Keeping a journal of your thoughts and struggles will help you sort through your feelings, and may help prevent the development of unhealthy behaviors.
An eating disorder is a serious disease, which can cause severe medical complications or even death. Anorexia and bulimia are both illnesses that cannot be treated without the help of a professional. Treatment requires more than simply behavior modification; psychological and emotional roots must be treated as well. If you suspect your loved one is suffering from an eating disorder, do not ignore the signs. Seek immediate help from a professional.
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