Holidays, family get-togethers, and social gatherings tend to revolve around food. This is a way a lot of us show love and community. But when you or a loved one struggles with an eating disorder, it can also be the cause of a lot of stress. One way to navigate these tricky situations is with mindfulness and gratitude. Noticing the little things and appreciating what’s around you can go a long way toward making holidays and every day richer, healthier, and happier.
Trauma is usually talked about in terms of big, life-altering events: the sudden death of a loved one, a natural disaster, a violent assault. In reality, trauma comes in all shapes and sizes, and while these big events are indeed traumatic, little events can be traumatic, too.
Whether you’re struggling with eating disorder issues, mental health challenges, or both, interacting with people who have shared similar experiences offers a powerful connection. Acceptance. A sense that you’re working together toward a common goal. Plus, if you’re awake in the middle of the night and could use someone to talk to, you’ve got someone close by who may be able to lend an ear.
We’ve all probably heard someone being called a “sponsor” when it comes to drug and alcohol addiction recovery, but what exactly is a sponsor in recovery, and how can he or she help? By taking a closer look, we can learn just how important, if not essential, a sponsor can be in you or your loved one’s journey to wellness.
Eating disorders affect nearly 5 million Americans every year, according to the National Library of Medicine (NLM). There are multiple categories of eating disorders, but an eating disorder (ED) is generally defined as “a disruption in the eating behavior with excessive concern about body weight that impairs physical health or psychosocial functioning.”
Consequently, someone struggling with an ED may exhibit physical symptoms such as dramatic weight loss, chapped lips, gray skin, hair loss, and dental erosions. But what about those symptoms that aren’t visible to the naked eye?