Anxiety: How Does Self-Care Help?
This disruptive state is enough to trigger binge eating and anxiety attacks.
In the face of such powerful disrupters, what can we for ourselves and others?
Perhaps you've asked yourself these questions. I propose an answer. It comes in different forms:
Self-Care to Counter Anxiety in You and Others
- Be as healthy in mind, body and spirit as you possibly can.
- Keep learning, expanding your life and standing up for what you value.
- Give yourself understanding and compassion so you can thrive.
- Give others understanding and compassion so the world thrives. (If you can't, then put yourself in surroundings where you can learn understanding and compassion)
Power of Your Eating Disorder Recovery
Above all, bear your anxiety and dig in deeper for your eating disorder recovery. Your community needs the wisdom you develop from your tribulations within this illness and in your recovery work. You can share that wisdom once you emerge from your eating disorder whole and clear.
Your journey to recovery makes you a holder of universal knowledge. You become a message carrier through your thoughts, words and deeds that conveys courage, grace and strength in confronting reality. It empowers you with the kindness required to soothe anxiety, heal and befriend.
My hope is that bit by bit, step by step, person by person kindness, wisdom and healing will spread through our immediate environment and beyond. This contributes to creating the stability and courage to face our challenges and inspires the others to do the same.
Your eating disorder recovery and the anxiety that goes with it is unique to you. It is centered in you and based on your personal journey. Yet it is part of a universal suffering and healing. Every moment of your recovery work matters. Making peace within becomes a living inspiration.
Joanna Poppink, MFT, private practice psychotherapist, E-mail for free telephone consultation.
Book: Healing Your Hungry Heart: recovering from your eating disorder
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