Tips For Enjoying Get-Togethers Over The Holidays With An Eating Disorder

Most people find holidays stressful, but the thought of facing holidays can be overwhelming for a person with an eating disorder. If a special day, or the dread holiday season, is quickly speeding toward you, take a deep breath. You can get through this.

Make a Plan

It's always good to go into an anxiety-inducing situation with a plan. We can't always avoid the things that stress us out, but we can be prepared to deal with them.

If you are working with a health-care professional, talk about your concerns, and come up with a plan together. You may also speak to your host or family members in advance to voice your concerns and ask for their support.

If you're still struggling with your eating disorder, think about the things that worry you most and then address each one of those issues. For example, you may be concerned about people pressuring you to eat; give yourself permission to say "no." If you're worried about foods triggering a binge, find a place to plant yourself away from the buffet table.

Pamper Yourself

Try to keep yourself as relaxed as possible as holidays approach with a little self-love. Take a bubble bath, treat yourself to a movie, or get a new haircut. Spend some time doing things that you enjoy and that give you good feelings, like listening to music or indulging in a hobby. Take some time to meditate or get a pedicure if you think it will help. Remind yourself that you're worth it.

Focus on Other Things

So many people focus on food on holidays that it's easy to forget you can focus on other things. If Thanksgiving is coming, get involved in watching a football game or playing a board game with family members. If it's Christmas, focus on television specials, singing carols, shopping, and wrapping gifts. If you're expected to spend the day at the 4th of July picnic, light some fireworks, enjoy the music or cool off by lounging in a pool.

Duck Out if Things Get Too Stressful

If you find you're having a hard time at a holiday gathering, take a breather. Step outside for a breath of fresh air. Go into an empty room where you can have a moment of peace and quiet.

If things start to make you feel really overwhelmed, permit yourself to bail. Make your apologies, and save yourself. If you have a support system in place, use it—call an understanding friend, get in touch with a help line or call your therapist.

Sources: Eating Disorder Hope, Walden Eating Disorders, Loma Linda University Health, Recovery Warriors
Photo: Pexels

More Articles

It may sound unbelievable, but people can suffer from a severe eating disorder and not even know it. You would think just looking in a mirror...

It is hard for someone without an eating disorder to understand why someone suffering from anorexia nervosa would go without food. Most people...

Eating disorders often do more than just affect a person’s body weight. In extreme cases, disordered eating habits can cause severe malnutrition,...

A dedicated fitness routine is a great way to stay healthy and fit, but as with everything else in life, people can take things too far. For some...

If you suspect your child has an eating disorder, you may feel overwhelmed. There are a few things you should know upfront.

First and...

More Articles

More Articles

It may sound unbelievable, but people can suffer from a severe eating disorder and not even know it. You would think just looking in a mirror...

It is hard for someone without an eating disorder to understand why someone suffering from anorexia nervosa would go without food. Most people...

Eating disorders often do more than just affect a person’s body weight. In extreme cases, disordered eating habits can cause severe malnutrition,...

A dedicated fitness routine is a great way to stay healthy and fit, but as with everything else in life, people can take things too far. For some...

If you suspect your child has an eating disorder, you may feel overwhelmed. There are a few things you should know upfront.

First and...

Hypoglycemia is a medical term that refers to low blood sugar levels. Usually, this condition is considered a complication of type 1 diabetes. It...

Diuretics are a class of drugs that promote diuresis, a process that increases the production and output of urine. The two most common ways to...

Anorexia, the shorthand name for anorexia nervosa, is an eating disorder that affects millions of people around the world. Even though anorexia is...

Anorexia is a mental and emotional condition, but it can have devastating effects on the body. Health care professionals estimate that only about...

Every year, thousands of amateur and professional athletes struggle with anorexia athletica, a lesser-known eating disorder, and variation of...

The reason eating disorders are so hard to treat is that they are such complex conditions. It is usually a combination of factors that lead up to...

When it comes to the discussion of eating disorders, night eating syndrome is a rarely recognized and often poorly understood condition. Night...

Most descriptions and media representations of bulimia nervosa fixate on binge eating and purging, usually via self-induced vomiting. Although...

New research shows a link between people with cathartic colon disease and the eating disorder bulimia. Cathartic colon is a dangerous condition...

Energy is not just something we need to keep our computers and smartphones charged. If an electronic device can fail to function without...