I’d like to take a moment this morning to wish you all a Merry Christmas. I am well aware that it goes without saying that the holidays are—no doubt—a very overwhelming feat for those really struggling with and those struggling to overcome their eating disorders. But try, no matter your plans for this Holiday and for any potential New Year celebrations to make life greater than your eating disorder. That is my challenge to myself today and for the rest of my holiday celebrations, and is what I am challenging you to do.
Don’t invite your eating disorder—as much as you can—to your family/friend get-togethers. Enjoy, really try to enjoy the time. Enjoy the food—as much as you can—and if you feel the urge to maybe have a little bit more, try to have that extra bit. If all you want to do is isolate and go home early, talk to someone and catch up, or play a card game. Try to get in-touch with what you, not your eating disorder, wants to do. If you want the cookie instead of the cracker, challenge yourself to take the cookie. Live according to your inner-child today, and if you can’t do a whole day, live according to your inner child for a morning/evening/meal/party etc. Try it. Try to enjoy—not just pass through—the holiday celebrations. Make the memories made and the time and enjoyment shared greater than catering to what your eating disorder demands. Try it.
“If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere” – Frank A. Clark
Merry Christmas and happy holidays