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I recently participated in a continuing education opportunity where the topic was how to utilize some of the 12-step strategies in the treatment of Eating Disorders. Alcoholics Anonymous is a pillar in the recovery community. The work of the 12-steps to help individuals gain lasting recovery from alcohol and drugs has been invaluable. 

The 10th step of the 12-step program is self-inventory. It's a daily/regular inventory one does with oneself to assess how he/she is doing and what might be valued...

You may notice that it has felt good this week to think about the things you are thankful for. Here are some ways to bring this practice of acknowledging gratitudes into your every day life. 

1. Gratitude Journal - Writing down three gratitudes either to start and/or end the day. 

2. Gratitude Jar - Within a jar or box, using paper strips to write out things you and your family are grateful for. Once a week dump the jar to look back on the gratitudes acknowledged from the week. 

3. Gratitude Prompt...

Thanksgiving (and the holiday season in general) can be particularly difficult while you are in Eating Disorder recovery. Here are some tips and tricks to consider as you approach this season:

  1. Work with your dietitian and therapist to plan, predict, process, and strategize.

  2. Use the holiday to “challenge” yourself and begin to venture into new territory and expand food choices. Be sure your Thanksgiving plate demonstrates balance and variety.

  3. Watch for “black and white” thinking. If...

Art journaling is a wonderful way to express yourself creatively. There are no rules! You can draw, paint, or collage with magazine clippings. Create visual art to represent your day, your feelings, or your thoughts, to represent some favorite song lyrics or quotes – the sky is the limit!

Resist the urge to question whether you are doing it right or well – shift perspective to presence, to breathing, to expression. This is an excellent place to challenge the inner critic and resist...

Every day for a month take some time at the end of the day to answer the journaling prompt “the best thing that happened today is…” Notice patterns. What things show up the most? This is important insight.

There are four on-going lists which make for wonderful additions of any journaling practice: lifelines, prayers, gratitudes, and support system.

The list of lifelines contains a person’s most affective forms of coping and self-care. It answers the question of what to do when struggling. They are tried-and-true self-soothe skills. All have been used and have proven to be affective. Different skills help different people. This is not a place to simply list skills, but to list the ones that you have...

This exercise is a quick and helpful way to check in with yourself and to gather valuable data about the internal experience.

First, identify the emotion(s) you are feeling in the present moment. A feelings wheel may be helpful for identification purposes.

Second, jot down what triggers led to these emotions. Try to notice fully what factors may be contributing to these emotions in the present. For instance, you may immediately recognize that an argument with your partner led to these feelings of...

This is a journaling exercise for practicing and promoting self-compassion.

Many of us are more skilled at offering self-compassion to others than we are to ourselves.

In this journaling exercise, first write out what you are experiencing, struggling with, going through, feeling, etc.

Then, write a response to the first entry based on how you would speak to a friend going through the same thing. How would you validate, support, encourage? Would you offer grace, kindness, advice? How would you speak...

Do you have a critic in your head?

Most people recognize a voice in the mind that says you aren’t doing enough, successful enough, smart enough, skinny enough, etc. We recognize it in our own minds but we are often surprised to hear that other people have it as well. They appear so put together on the outside! And certainly we would not say any of these things to them – look how much they are doing, how successful they are, etc!

The trick ultimately is to acknowledge the critic, but not to let the...

It is not at all uncommon to have days/moments when you feel more connected to your healthy self and to have other days/moments when you feel more connected to intrusive thoughts (anxiety, OCD, depression, Eating Disorder, addictive, perfectionistic/self-critical etc).

In the healthy moments it can be difficult to remember what unhealth feels like and to minimize it and in the moments of battling intrusive thoughts, it can be difficult to recall what health and authenticity felt like.

This is wher...

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