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You may be reading this article right now and feeling like you have no hope. The truth is you do. I developed anorexia in my last year of high school and for the past three years have struggled with anxiety and insecurity. However, I am here to tell you that recovery is real and recovery can happen for you.
Recovering is great. For some of you that may not even be what you want to hear right now but I promise you it can happen in simple steps. The good thing about recovering from your misconceptions is you get your life back. Right now you may feel as though you are living someone else’s life, that you are worthless, that you are fading away.
Recovery is a choice. Sometimes we do not want to be better. We actually think it is easier to go through the motions. We think it is easier to stay skinny and to stay in our own isolated beings. Actually, recovery is the way forward to start living your life again and to be the person who you were called to be.
You are not a nobody, you have a destiny and I am encouraging you try recovery. It is not always easy, you will relapse but it is one of the best decisions that you will ever make.
I understand, it feels as though I am telling you that recovery is easy. It is not but it is possible. Below you can find some tips that helped me back to my ‘normal’ self.
1. Find A Recovery Buddy
When I first started recovery I thought that a recovery buddy was someone that was in the same position as you. Let me tell you it is not. Your buddy should be someone that has been through an eating disorder themselves and now feel as though they are on the other side.
If you start recovery with someone along side you who is not on the other side it will only cause more problems. One of my closest friends developed an eating disorder and we tried to help each other through but it only made us let each other slip up and we were definitely too gracious with each other.
2. Replace Lies With Truths
Logically we all know that we’re not fat, right? Our mirrors say that we are overweight but when we stand on the scales actually we are fine. It is all about our misconceptions.
One of the biggest lessons I learned through recovery was that the thoughts I was thinking about myself were lies and labels that had been put upon me earlier on in my life time. It is not enough to just think ‘Oh, that’s a lie – I’ll continue on with my day now‘, what we actually need to do is to take these thoughts captive and replace them with the truth: “I am beautiful” or “I am bigger than the food I face.”
If you confront the negative thought straight away then you will be able to replace it with a positive thought.
I am not saying it is easy just to turn off negative thoughts, so please don’t feel bad if you let your guard down once every so often – but you have to at least try.
3. Surround Yourself With Encouragement
If you surround yourself with the right things, these things will begin to shape how you think of yourself. There are many different ways you can do this.
When I first started recovering I stuck quotes and scriptures around my room, everywhere! I had them around my mirror, on my light switch, in my purse, in my car. Anywhere that you know you will have to look at in the day is a great place to stick these around.
You can also download audio podcasts to listen to while driving or walking, or being on public transport and you will feel inspired to go about your every day working day feeling encouraged and ready to face the day.
There are many ways to recover and there are many different techniques and experiences – these are just some things that worked for me. I hope you will not only find this post helpful, but also that you will see it as proof that recovery is real, it is not just a bunch of words on a page, it is truth, real life, and it is available for you to access.
I really do wish you the best of luck in the recovery process and I hope you find peace in the truth of the words that are written on this page.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in November 2012. The writer requested to remain anonymous. Though we no longer accept anonymous submissions, we did at the time this article was submitted.
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