BRAVERY – “the quality or state of having or showing mental or moral strength to face danger, fear, or difficulty.”
COURAGE – “showing bravery under fire.”
In recovering from an eating disorder, the above two qualities are the ones you want in your arsenal. And yet, an eating disorder has the ability to make you feel powerless and stripped of these strengths.
- The first step in recovery is having the courage to admit that you are unhappy and that you want – and need – to make changes. It is about choosing to thrive, not just survive.
- It is having the courage to ask for help and then to believe that you are worthy of it. Because you are.
Being brave in recovery is…
- Believing every day that YOU CAN DO THIS. Even when your ED is telling you – very convincingly – that you can’t
- Trusting your therapists and accepting that they really do have your best interests at heart
- Taking the leap of faith down a path that you cannot see the end to (yet)
- Sitting with your feelings when all you want to do is run
- Speaking up and finding your voice
- Learning from your experiences
- Taking the ups with the downs. One tiny step at a time
- Never giving up
And whilst all of this may at times seem impossible, remember that you are not alone in this fight. We are here to support you and cheer you along in your journey. And whilst this may feel like an insurmountable challenge, remember that you have lived with the wrath of your eating disorder before, and you’re still fighting…that’s true courage.
“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.” – Mary Anne Radmacher