Eating Disorders

When You Relapse

When You Relapse | Libero Magazine

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It’s a scary word; you think you’ve defeated your problem, illness, etc. and then it comes back or you decide to fall into it on your own.

It can be a truly heart-breaking and guilt-wrenching feeling…

Although it can be scary and discouraging, don’t let it bring you down! And definitely don’t beat yourself up for it.

A relapse is a normal part of recovery and it will happen to everyone at some point. I used to – and still sometimes do – relapse when put into stressful situations or after emotional heartache, overwhelming amounts of work from school… the list goes on!

I will admit that sometimes I chose to relapse because it felt like it would be a comfort, a habit that I was used to and felt safe in but I learned the hard way that it’s always a bad option.

One recent relapse comes to mind; about two or so weeks ago I was faced with making a huge decision in my life that would greatly impact my future. I made a choice and am still at times anxious if I made the right decision. This anxiety has made me seesaw back and forth between healthy eating and disordered eating.

I once again fell into bad habits, and truth be told, I didn’t even realize it until it was brought to my attention.

I felt like a failure. Why can’t I be strong enough to face life’s challenges without falling back into my so-called “disordered-eating-black-pit”?

I can’t type this and tell you the answer to my question, but I can say from experience that relapsing never makes you feel any better.

You might think that relapsing sounds like a good and safe idea to cope but it isn’t in the long run. Instead you’ll hurt yourself – and once again those around you – instead of finding any sort of relief.

So what is the key solution for me to avoid relapse? Writing down my feelings. Speaking with my parents. Or simply letting myself have a good cry – there is no shame in showing emotion and pain you’re experiencing. No one is ever statically strong and capable to deal with all of life’s surprises.

Perhaps what makes me relapse is the fear of being considered weak and the fear of burdening my family with too many problems but trust me, relapse is the wrong answer. Family is there no matter what and fear is an emotion we let ourselves feel.

Don’t fall into relapse to seek relief, fall into the arms of your family, friends, loved-one, express yourself and your emotions with no shame and no guilt.

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  • Awesome post 🙂 You're absolutely right about expressing our emotions and how important it is! I have trouble with this, but I think it really does help us process our feelings, whether it is journaling, talking, or whatever! 🙂