Check out this fantastic article from Beyond Blue on the National Eating Disorders Collaboration website.
It has links to a great factsheet and also a new beyondblue ‘how to have a conversation’ webpage. The link is below.
PACE is a recommended organisation to contact for help on the factsheet
Click here to check out the article.
The National Eating Disorder Association, based in the US, have a range of short video interviews available on their website. In these short video clips, individuals who are in recovery get a minute to share some key insight and advice from their experiences and their recovery journey. Check out some of the videos and find out more about the challenges of living day to day with an eating disorder.
PACE peer workers Lisa, Mary and Ellie are currently working on the development of a closed eating disorder group based around Carolyn Costin’s new book: 8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder.
Follow the link below to hear Carolyn talk about her work and to find out more about this excellent recovery resource.
Festive season checklist
We understand Christmas and the holiday period can be a difficult time for some. It is important to remember planning and communication is the key. To help you cope with the stresses of this busy season we’ve come up with a check list you can follow to reduce the likelihood of feeling overwhelmed.
In the lead up to Christmas and New Year:
- Don’t be scared to say ‘No’ to invitations if you are feeling overwhelmed.
- Socialise with trusted friends & family prior to Christmas. Where possible, do this over a meal or snack to help prepare you for Christmas gatherings.
- Discuss with someone you trust how to cope with family interaction by predicting and preparing for social activities.
- Predict likely questions from family and friends you haven’t seen for a while and prepare some responses.
- Plan what you will do to give yourself ‘time out’ from the crowd – perhaps listen to music, going for a walk with a friend or family member, sitting in the sunshine.
When eating out
- Take time to plan and to think about who will be present and what food is likely to be served.
- If you don’t know what food will be served ask the person who will be preparing the meal, or ask a family member to find out for you to reduce your anxiety.
- Offer to take ‘safe’ food to share so you feel comfortable knowing there is something you can eat.
- Focus on enjoying the company of companions rather than what you are eating.
- Many people overeat on Christmas Day and often comment on the quantity they have so remember these comments are not aimed at you.
Communication reduces holiday stress. We all know how busy life gets in that hectic period around Christmas each year. For many families the changed routines and extra day to day activities means less time to talk and listen to one another. Ironically, effective communication is a perfect coping mechanism for families to deal with the holiday season’s increased stresses.
- Effective communication requires
- Sensitivity when listening and
- Ability to express your own thoughts and feelings. Ask yourself how you feel so that you can state your message as clearly, honestly and constructively as possible.
- Take the time to talk. Whether you’re driving, wrapping gifts, or doing household chores it is important to maintain communication in order to help create a memorable and pleasant holiday experience for the entire family.
(Adapted by Mary P and Lisa H, from Eating Disorders Victoria December 2011 and 2012 Newsletters)
Are you looking for extra support managing your eating disorder? Here’s a new way for technology to lend a helping hand.
Recovery Record is an android and iphone application which provides support with meals, mood charting etc. You can find information on their webpage which we’ve provided a link for below: