But Valentines Day doesn’t have to be this way; in fact, it should be celebrated.

Overcoming Your Eating Disorder

Whether or not you’re in a relationship or struggling with an eating disorder, choose to make this day more about self-love than romantic love and honor, nurture and treat yourself. Here are some great ways to fill this Valentine’s Day with self-love and affection.

Treat Yourself

Give yourself a manicure or pedicure, go get that facial or massage you’ve been wanting, stay in bed and read a great book all day, watch that movie you’ve been wanting to see, or cook/bake yourself something you love. Take care of yourself like you would a loved one. Enjoying “quality time” on your own is something everyone can benefit from doing and it will help you learn to love and appreciate yourself.

Do Volunteer Work

Volunteering is a great way to be around people and to help you feel good about yourself. So what better day to volunteer than Valentine’s Day? Help out at a local food shelter, or donate clothing, furniture or other possessions to those in need. Are you a member of a church, synagogue or other religious organization? Do you love animals? Children? Elders? Nature? There are so many ways you can help your community and hopefully it can even be something you feel passionate about. One of the best ways to feel more love and gratitude is to give love to others.

Make Peace With Your Past

Dwelling on the past and holding onto failures are surefire ways to stunt emotional growth and leave you with a negative and false sense of self. It’s so important to move forward and let go of what’s wronged you in the past. This Valentine’s Day, do some soul searching and work towards making peace with your past. Past struggles and mistakes are important building blocks for becoming who you are. Embrace the times you’ve failed and see them as opportunities that can lead to success. Remember, all the ways in which you’ve tried and failed in life are the experiences that help you grow.

Spend Time With Family And Friends

Do you have a friend or family member who is dealing with something difficult? Spend some quality time with this person and let them know they are an important part of your life. It’s the act of giving that is more rewarding than receiving and this will boost your self-esteem. If you find yourself at home having negative thoughts, go be with someone who embraces you for who you are.

Remember That You Are Loved

Valentines Day is a day magnified in importance by companies trying to sell their products. Real love includes so much more than romantic love; it’s all around us and available to those who know how to find it. Find self-love by focusing on the present moment to become aware of all the wonderful things that surround you. Take a walk and experience the beauty of nature; be completely mindful of your whereabouts. There’s so much beauty in the world and you are a vital part of it.

The Meadows Ranch Can Help

No matter what struggles you currently find yourself dealing with, try to remember that love is always present. It exists deep inside you and is waiting to be embraced again. If you are struggling from a painful eating disorder and feel that you need professional help, please don’t hesitate to call us today at 866-390-5100 or fill out the form on our website to find out if our program is right for you. The Meadows Ranch has been helping women and girls recover from eating disorders for over 25 years. Our experienced staff is here to help you or your loved one along the road to recovery today.