If you’ve suffered from an eating disorder, you’re not alone. According to statistics, at least 30 million people across America suffer from an eating disorder, and people of all ages, ethnicities, and genders are affected. Luckily, with treatment, around 80% of people with eating disorders make at least a partial recovery, and they are able to live a happy, healthy, productive life. If you are recovering from an eating disorder, you may feel that you need to relearn your eating and daily habits so that your behaviors promote your health. The following tips are great ways to build healthy habits after your eating disorder.
Continue Therapy and Treatment
After recovering from an eating disorder, it’s important for you to continue to receive therapy and emotional support. Seeing a therapist and nutritionist can help ensure you continue to develop healthier ways to view food and body image.
When you suffered from an eating disorder, there were probably habits or daily events that triggered disordered behavior. Try your best to avoid those triggers. For example, you may want to get rid of a scale in your house so you don’t think too much about your weight. If you notice yourself returning to old habits, seek the assistance of your therapist.
Set an Eating Schedule
To re-teach yourself how to eat normally and regularly, set a schedule for eating, then stick to it throughout the day. By setting up regular times for meals and snacks, you develop habits that are routine and healthy.
Find an exercise you enjoy, then incorporate it into your daily routine. Exercise doesn’t have to be about weight loss. Instead, focus on how exercise helps you feel strong, boosts endorphins, and makes positive changes in your body. If your body has more recovering to do, start small with your exercise routine, like a doing a short daily walk.
Surround Yourself with People You Love
Building a support network of family and friends is a great way to set up new, healthy habits. Loved ones can fill your time and make you feel happy, and they can also make sure you stay on track in your recovery process. Set regular dates to see people you love, and doing social activities will become part of your regular, healthy routine.