For many, the holiday season is a magical time with happiness, love, family, and friends. For those suffering or recovering from an eating disorder, holidays can be a time of increased anxiety, stress, and feelings of being overwhelmed. With holiday gatherings often centering around food, the sense of structure and routine can be disrupted.
Whether you are suffering from an eating disorder or are in recovery, holiday festivities can be potentially triggering. So how do you navigate this hectic time and avoid situations that can make you feel uncomfortable? With some planning and preparation, the holidays can be managed with a few stress-reducing tactics.
The holiday season doesn’t have to be isolating. With planning and support, you can ensure your recovery stays on track and you enjoy the friends and family around you. Most importantly, be gentle with yourself. You did not choose your eating disorder, but you can choose to enjoy your life. You are strong and brave for facing your fears.
Yellowbrick collaborates with adolescents and emerging adults, ages 16-30's, their families and participating professionals toward the development and implementation of a strategic “Life Plan.” An integrative, multi-specialty consultation clarifies strengths, limitations, and risks, and defines motivations, goals and choices.
A mental health condition that’s characterized by intense shifts in mood including both manic and depressive episodes.
People living with Major Depressive Disorder, or MDD, experience episodes of depression and sadness that are debilitating to daily life.
Those living with anxiety disorders experience high levels of anxiety and stress that interfere negatively with daily life.
A mental health issue in which a person’s cognitive function is impaired, resulting in symptoms like experiencing challenges with conducting speech, reading and writing, and behavior.
Mental health disorders that negatively affect a person’s behaviors, thought patterns, and function. People diagnosed with these disorders experience challenges with managing relationships and understanding various situations.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a mental health condition that people can develop as a result of experiencing traumatic situations, characterized by symptoms including flashbacks, avoidance behaviors, and more.
A mental health condition that is characterized by specific symptoms of forgetfulness and lack of concentration, which makes it challenging to complete necessary tasks.
Mental health conditions that interfere with a person’s eating habits, thought patterns, and behaviors in negative ways.
A mental health disorder diagnosable with the DSM-5 that is characterized by both obsessions and compulsive behaviors.