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Wider Mental Health Perspective on Eating Disorders, Depression & Anxiety

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.

Great resources for monitoring your recovery progress…

Our peer workers are always finding new resources from right around the world to help with managing recovery. One great place to find useful resources for tracking your recovery progress is:

http://www.getselfhelp.co.uk/freedownloads2.htm

They have stacks of therapy worksheets and CBT tools which you can download and use to track your recovery.

They have worksheets for tracking your daily mood, personal wellness, social anxiety, panic attacks and eating. They even have worksheets for crisis management, and for establishing and tracking your goals.

So if you’re looking to do some planning with your future wellness, record your success with a particular challenge or simply just keep track your daily mood, there’s loads of useful material.

Check it out!

The Difference Between Pressure and Stress

The words pressure and stress are often used interchangeably, but do they actually mean the same thing?

When I think of pressure, I think of working under a set of demands that are stimulating and designed to stretch my abilities. Having this pressure on me to succeed is not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, it’s that feeling that I need to rise to the challenge and push myself further that often helps me achieve my goals, and I couldn’t do that with out some degree of pressure.

So how does this differ from the experience of stress?

Sometimes, when we’re under a lot of pressure, the demands that are placed on us by our situation can exceed our ability to cope effectively. When we reach this point, when we start to feel overstretched or strained by the demands placed upon us, that’s when we begin to drift into the realm of stress.

When trying to manage the challenge of recovery from anxiety, OCD or an eating disorder, being able to recognise the difference between pressure and stress can be a key skill to master.

So next time you’re facing a demanding set of circumstances, take a moment to reflect on what it is you’re facing and ask yourself: is this pressure or is this stress? Can I cope with the demands placed on me, and will those demands help me perform at my best, or do I need to ask for help or take a step back?

It’s good to set expectations for yourself. When we have a goal to work towards, the pressure association with achieving that goal can help us stay on track and fulfill our potential – this is a good thing! But if the demands we are placing on ourselves are exceeding our ability to cope, then stress and even anxiety can soon start to dictate our mood.

That’s when we need to learn to assert ourselves, and say ‘no!’

Tom. S

Starved for a Cure

ABC Radio National have produced a fascinating radio documentary piece looking at the experience of eating disorder recovery and looking at a new treatment approach from Hawaii.

You can download the this current affairs documentary in full at the following address:

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/currentaffairsspecials/radio-current-affairs-documentary3a-starved-of-a-cure/5159108

Eating Disorder Support

Are you looking for extra support managing your eating disorder? Here’s a new way for technology to lend a helping hand.

Recovery Record

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:

http://recoveryrecord.com/