One of the questions I get asked often as a therapist guiding clients through recovery is
“Do you really think I can recover? Do you really think it’s possible?”
My answer is always the same: absolutely.
Possible, But Not Easy
It is so tough to allow healing. After all, the eating disorder has been a constant companion in the driver seat for a long time. Taking the steering wheel and driving (recovery) can feel unknown and terrifying.
Give Yourself Compassion
Give yourself some compassion: it IS unknown and scary at first! In fact, it can feel uncertain for a while until you get into your groove of recovery. Until you’re quick to do the opposite of whatever the ED says. Until you begin to find a neutral space within your body’s experience.
Trust The Process
But until that point – allow yourself some space to trust the process. Recovery and healing from the emotional abuse of the eating disorder takes time.
Along the way, you learn more about yourself – what you value, what you need, and who you are – than you ever had when the eating disorder was at the wheel.
You’re on your way to a life free from the eating disorder. Getting through the tough days in recovery tests your strength, but remember: the only way through is through. Take a deep breath. You’ve got this.