If thinking about food and eating is starting to take over your life, this could be leading to an eating problem or eating disorder. There are things you can do to help yourself and get support from other people.
Give yourself a break
- It’s very common to feel upset and guilty if you’re struggling with food. Remember, society puts a lot of pressure on how we look and we don’t need to feel ashamed when we find it hard to cope with that.
- Focus on your good qualities – be kind to yourself.
- Stay away from websites and magazines that make you feel bad about yourself.
Don’t try to fix it all at once
- Set yourself small, achievable, healthy goals.
Talk to someone
- Though it might feel very hard to do, it will really help to talk honestly to someone you can trust about what’s happening.
- The more people you’re able to talk to, the better – friends, family, helplines, counsellor.
Remember that you don’t have to do it all on your own. Beating an eating disorder can be a long and tough journey. Getting professional help can be extremely helpful and is normally needed to help you get better.
“Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.”
– Mary Anne Radmacher