The holidays can be challenging for those struggling with eating disorders. With all the excess around us and the pressures and expectations of the holiday season, it can be difficult not to fall back into unhealthy or dangerous habits.
It might be a stressful time, but there are many fantastic resources to help you cope with disordered eating during the holidays.
- Dr Kim Anderson, PhD is the clinical director of the Eating Recovery Center of the East Region in Maryland and offers seven tips on how to help recovery continue during the holiday season. From planning ahead to practising gratitude, these tips can help make the season more manageable. Read more here.
- Best For You and NHS offer additional tips and resources to help you enjoy the holiday season instead of struggling to cope.
- Beat is a UK eating disorder charity. Founded in 1989 as the Eating Disorders Association, their mission is to end the pain and suffering caused by eating disorders. Their website offers articles and information about eating disorders and offers helplines that are open 365 days a year from 9 am-midnight during the week and 4 pm-midnight on weekends and bank holidays. This article about coping at Christmas is a good resource for those who may feel alone.