Schools and workplaces are repeatedly being encouraged to increase opportunities for exercise and movement throughout the day. But what is often forgotten is that these initiatives aren’t suitable for everyone. It’s important to bear in mind that the benefits of exercise are not guaranteed, they are conditional. Every person is unique, so could we be doing more harm than good? Are we setting people up for more challenges and unhealthy relationships with their body?
Our client, Kirstin, talks honestly about what it’s like to truly heal yourself… It’s tempting to portray the process of healing as smooth and enjoyable – a universally positive experience. But from my experience, the reality is pretty far from that. It kinda sucks. Of course there are beautiful, even magical moments. There are turning … Read more On Healing…
By Ellie Make your bedroom a sanctuary Your bedroom is YOUR space. What can you do this weekend to make it feel extra safe and comfortable? Perhaps you could do with some more candles and cushions, or a small space for a mediation corner? The more you make your bedroom a sanctuary for comfortability and … Read more 5 things to do this weekend to keep your recovery on track
By Ellie I read an interesting opinion piece in the Guardian recently titled: “We need to rethink how we classify mental illness”. Within the article, Tamara Kayali Browne argues that the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) neglects the context of someone’s mental health disorder when listing diagnostic criteria. The DSM – the latest … Read more The point where eating disorder treatment goes wrong
By Ellie Halloween is indisputably a huge annual celebration. So much so, it was estimated that us Brits spent £310 million on Halloween in 2016 alone. And yet it seems counterintuitive to celebrate the things us mere mortals fear the most. So why is it so much fun? And how on earth is this related … Read more 3 Eating Disorder Recovery Lessons We Can Learn at Halloween
By Ellie To summarise the tone of this post, I’ll just say that the title was going to be: Calling out the articles that I’m sick of reading. Cue the angry rant… As the person responsible for running the social media accounts for The Recover Clinic, I’m always looking for news articles that relate to … Read more How the media perpetuates an incorrect understanding of eating disorder recovery
Written by our client, Emily Baking was very much a part of my childhood. It brings up many fond memories where I would shadow my granny, anticipating the moment I could lick the bowl – a right of passage for all children in my opinion. Having developed an eating disorder at an early age, my … Read more A teaspoon of courage, a dollop of discovery
by Ellie There’s a rumour out there that full recovery from an eating disorder isn’t possible. And as much as I disagree, I can understand why some people come to that conclusion – in part because a lot of people in recovery haven’t received appropriate treatment, for an appropriate length of time. As a past … Read more What eating disorder recovery means to me now
Today is World Mental Health Day, and – to the relief of those watching the clock right now – the theme is workplace wellbeing. ‘Workplace’ and ‘wellbeing’ aren’t two words typically seen together – some may even say it’s an oxymoron. And despite great efforts by HR to bring meditation and mindfulness into the office, … Read more How do you recover from an eating disorder with a full-time job?
Back in June I was reminded that recovery is a process not a destination. I was was invited by an old friend to spend a week at her beautiful villa in France along with some of my greatest friends from school. Prior to the trip our host if there was anything I didn’t eat. Perhaps … Read more The messy picture of recovery: A Story about Ham
Alex, who graduated a few months ago, shares her experience of group therapy in her recovery…#inspired When I first started groups at Recover I didn’t really understand their point. I thought perhaps it was a way of lots of clients seeing a therapist at the same time, perhaps to save money. I got why people … Read more How Does Group Therapy Work? Alex Explains…
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 … Read more Bravery in Eating Disorder Recovery