I'm a 17 year old girl and currently a senior in high school who's working on recovery. For a little while now, I've been trying to make general improvements upon my life. Eating a balanced diet, light exercise, and all around trying to remain positive. It worked too, for a while at least. I have found myself in yet another low period. I've not been exercising; I am back to eating constantly (though I've always been at a healthy weight, I just don't feel healthy); and I can feel my depression coming back (I had a rough battle with it last year and had nearly overcome it, but it's partly hereditary and part stress from work, school, and home). I am losing hope and just need to find a way to get back into good habits. Has anyone else gone through this? If so, how did you cope?
I went through those ups and downs a few different times on my road to recovery so you are not alone. What helped me was talkng to people who I knew understood where i was cming from. I also listened to music and got into yoga and meditating on positive issues. Dont lose hope it sounds like you have come soo far! You should feel proud that you have realized you are slipping and are tryiing to get back to where you were. You should be proud that you started the road to recovery because I know it is difficult to do . Stress is present in our everyday lives it is just how you react to it that makes the difference. Music and reading really soothed my mind when I got anxious. Taking a walk and doing hobbies I loved also helped me! Every night before I went to bed ( I still do thiss) I say out loud all the things I am thankful for.. some days there are lots somedays there are only a few but its in those times that you are training your brain to think positively and most importantly (no matter how weird it feels at first) tell yourself in the mirror every morning how beautiful you are inside and out. Stay Strong I have faith you can do it!!!
thanks, great advice.
If you don't try, you'll wonder why<3
Hi aco199! Know youre not alone. Reading your post I thought I wrote it!
How about yoga, aco199?
It's way better to cope with this situation and it will help you in all the way possible from getting you refreshed all the time as well as keep you out of depression through meditation. Actually in life we all are controlled by something which we couldn't see. We do not want to go office and do this and do that. But we all do because we are bound to do. Actually we are controlled by some hidden forces. By the way do not forget that we are the son of God and nothing can ruin us. So be free. Have faith in God. And do yoga and meditation. Try it and you won't regret. Thanks.
I know how you feel. I am in the same situation. I have been recovering for a year and a half, and recently things just got harder. I started restricting again. My entourage noticed, and there was a big dispute. They said I didn't want to recover. I do. I wan to live free from AN, but at times being skinny just seems the only way out of depression and self-doubt.
I have decided though to try harder and make it. I hate gaining and I hate having to eat more than I would feel comfortable. That is why I am here. I will do what I have to do, but I need support. In my daily life there is no one who has had AN. So just being here and being able to discuss with people who know - it already gives me more hope.
Take one day at a time. When the bad moment or the bad AN voice haunts you, take action immediately. Find whatever gives you even just a tiny bit of motivation. Remember that you are not alone and that many people are struggling and the ones who beat AN are the real heroes! Let's be heroes. We never wanted AN in our lives. It is not our fault. But it is our weakness and we have to kick it out! Love 'ya fellow fighter!