Author – Laura Muth
Recovering from an eating disorder is possible; however it will take time, effort and dedication. It is important to recognise this and make time in your life to focus on your recovery and wellbeing. With ongoing dedication and a support network, you’ll be able to put recovery at the top of your priority list.
The concept of putting yourself first may be one that you are not used to. Often people who struggle with eating disorders put caring for other people above their own needs and at the expense of themselves. They may feel guilt or experience feelings of selfishness when focusing on their own issues. In order to make recovery a priority, it is vital work to remove this lifelong pattern of focusing on the needs of others.
In addition, by prioritizing recovery, you’ll have more to give to others. Imagine that you are like a well; if you give, and give, and give, then your well will run dry. But if you tap into a source that can keep your well full, then you will be able to give to others.
Once you have made the significant leap of choosing recovery, it is important to acknowledge that you are committing yourself to the program. You will have a big task ahead of you, which must take precedence in your life, but look forward positively to being free from your eating disorder.
By committing to recovery, you are committing to living. Anything that gets in the way of your recovery is getting in the way of your long-term health and happiness.