Think Healthy –
March 25, 2020 – Plus, Jude explains, being isolated without our usual social interactions and routines can increase this need to take control in unhealthy ways. Eating disorder habits provide short-term control, although the longer-term impact is that the eating disorder ends up being the one in control.
So, if you’re suffering from an eating disorder and finding it being triggered under the current circumstances, what can you do? Jude gives us her top tips:
Stay Present: Uncertainty is difficult for all human beings, but it can be more bearable if you choose to accept it as a part of life. Acknowledge the uncertainty and let go of trying to control it. Remind yourself that, as hard as it feels right now, it will pass.
Watch Your Thinking: During times like these, we catastrophise, meaning we predict the worst-case scenario – this can be fuelled by all the news stories we see. When you notice yourself catastrophising, stop and make yourself think in detail about the best-case scenario and the most likely one. For example, most people who contract COVID-19 will only experience mild symptoms.