Eating Disorder Relapse Prevention Tips:
- Identify what your triggers are and write them down.
- Share your trigger list with close friends and family to help them support your recovery.
- Rebuild trust with family and friends by being aware of their worries. For example, I brought someone to the bathroom with me after meals until trust was rebuilt.
- Create a support team including family, friends, and professionals.
- Find motivation within yourself. Motivation changes by the day and by the hour. Be aware of that.
- Have confidence in yourself and your recovery. As you develop skills and have successes, confidence will build.
- Journal daily initially and then trust yourself to journal as needed.
- Change comes over time. Take time to nurture yourself.
- Share your feelings with others.
- Be honest about food and eating especially when you are struggling.
- Enjoy life.
- Separate food from feelings.
- See a nutritionist weekly and write food journals daily until you are ready to graduate from them.
- See a therapist weekly or monthly.
- Associations are very powerful. Reframe people, places, things, and triggers to change associations.
- Be forgiving if you do have a relapse. Get right back on the horse.
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