My journey to full recovery from eating disorders and depression was filled with many ups and downs. I had many setbacks but, whenever I fell, I did my best to get back up again as fast as I could.
Sometimes I felt too weak to get back up all by myself – I was tired of the whole recovery process and ready to give up and give in to my eating disorders… and in moments like these, that’s where my recovery support team was especially important. They didn’t give up on me. They believed in me, no matter what.
Back then I didn’t know what they saw in me—why they thought that I could succeed. Why did they believe in me so much when I had such a hard time believing in myself? What did they see that I didn’t see?
One of the people from my support team once shared this Zig Ziglar quote with me:
“Failure is an event, not a person.”
Powerful! And so true!
Having setbacks in your recovery journey is normal. Don’t beat yourself up over them—but do your best to be kind to yourself, learn to forgive yourself and do your best to reach out for help whenever you feel that the eating disorder’s grip is getting stronger on you.
“Just because you make mistakes,
doesn’t mean you are one. “
~ Author Unknown
Even if it often doesn’t seem like it, eating disorders really can be overcome. The important thing is to not give up, but to keep working on your recovery. It really is worth it.
All the best,