Exercise in recovery from an eating disorder can be hard to navigate. This post breaks down the good, bad, obsessed and healthy truths about whether you should, or shouldn’t and how to go about it.
Designed to help those struggling with disordered relationships with food explore triggers and understand how automatic patterns of anxious, or negative, thinking can maintain disordered relationships with food, especially across periods of high stress.
Exercise and regular movement does an abundance of good for your mental and physical health. It can help decrease anxiety and depression, build confidence and aid the development of positive body image. But when addressing the role exercise has in the recovery from an eating disorders it’s a tricky one. Exercise is unlikely to benefit…
The amazing effects of exercise on increasing mental wellbeing, especially for those with anxiety, depression and PTSD, has been widely documented. But what about when exercise itself can be a contributor to poor mental health, such as in eating disorders?
The role of exercise in recovery from disordered eating is tricky, how do you fight away the ritualistic behaviours? The compulsion? The obsessions? It can become a socially acceptable way to feed into the eating disorders demands.
In this post I offer up my Top 5 Tips to challenging and balancing exercise in recovery.
In this post I explore anxiety and give you an insight into my own experiences of anxiety. From hyperventilating panic attacks, fear of food, migraines & more, what is the purpose of this “protective” emotion? and how much control do we really have over our perceptions & responses?
It’s ok to feel fear. It’s what we do about our fears that determines who we are and who we become.
Mental Health vs Mental Illness
Is there a difference? And do you think it’s possible to have good mental health and be mentally ill?
Would you agree you could have poor mental health in the absence of a mental illness?
This blog explains and explores these questions.
I share my 5 KEY POINTS when addressing mental health vs mental illness along with an action point so that you can become more self-aware in thought and behaviour starting today.
Hannah’s story is a must read.
From champion runner, winning medals to running herself down a slippery slope into the arms of her eating disorder.
Hannah almost lost everything she’d spent years working hard and training for.
She speaks truth about stress, it’s destructive impact on our health, but how we, with help and unconditional support of those around us, ultimately have the ability to turn destructiveness into determination to become star-performers
Work-a-holics and busy-bees how do we switch off?
Often we find it hard to stop.
We are great at offering self-care and wellbeing advice to others but risk burnout and stress, ourselves.
Sounds silly but for many of us just ‘chilling out’ can be really hard.
It’s something I hate doing, and so I realised it is a challenge I needed to face.
In this post I share my top tips for how to switch off without feeling bad about it!
Go slip on those snuggly PJs, grab a cuppa biscuit, and enjoy todays post.
This post will be particularly useful for those who:
Experience a heightened level of anxiety around food and eating.
Are inclined to compensate or punish themselves for food eaten.
Those currently having treatment for, or in recovery for, disordered eating.
Those who find themselves stuck in diet mentality, when eating causes negative self- judgement.
For those caring for another with disordered eating.
I felt this was an important subject to chat about because University can be a stressful times, and trigger an array of unhealthy behaviours and mental health problems if not managed.