During my recovery from eating disorders, I learned that it’s critically important to:
- Have dreams and to set goals for yourself that keep you motivated.
- Do something nice for yourself on a regular basis—especially during difficult times.
I’d like to share with you two things that helped me stay focused on my goals during my recovery and take care of myself, no matter whether I was having a “good” or a “bad” day.
During my healing journey, I often had to “force” myself to do these things. And today—yes, I still do them today—I just do them automatically. As I have said before, a lot of the skills I learned during my recovery process weren’t just “recovery skills” but really skills for life!
- Is what I’m doing moving me closer towards my goals? Every night before I go to bed, I think about my day and whether what I did moved me closer towards my goals. That way, my focus is on productive things.
- Taking care of myself! Every day, I do at least one thing that makes me feel good about myself and my life—something that I enjoy doing like painting my nails, trying out some new make-up, going for a walk, taking a nice, relaxing bath with aroma oils and candles, scrap booking, reading a book, and so on.
These activities are very simple, but as you’ll also see when you start doing them, they can make a world of difference too.
You deserve to be loved and treated well, especially from yourself.
All the best,