If you’re considering treatment for an eating disorder or you’ve just graduated from treatment, you may be wondering what the advantages of eating disorder recovery actually are. Sure, it may sound nice not to have to worry about what you’re eating all the time or what you look like. But, the hurdles to jump through to get that that point can seem daunting. While recovery is worth it, it’s not always going to be easy. Reminding yourself of the benefits of eating disorder recovery can reconfirm the dedication you’ve made to sticking with it and learning to love yourself!
Being able to Sleep Better
More often than not, the side effects that eating disorders can have on the body affect more than just one area of life. Typically, it can be hard to fall asleep when one is consumed with thoughts of not being good enough or self-hatred. However, it can be even more challenging to sleep when said eating disorders distort the regular functioning of the body. When the body is malnourished, inner mechanics may be skewed, making it hard to perform daily functions like sleeping. Losing sleep or not getting enough sleep can have a multitude of negative side effects including impaired cognition, exhaustion, and mood swings. Fortunately, throughout treatment and after individuals start implementing healthier lifestyles, they find that they can establish healthy sleeping patterns. And, in turn, eliminate any debilitating consequences they may be experiencing due to loss of sleep.
Having More Control of Digestive Health
For many struggling with an eating disorder, the digestive system may not be working up to par. Using frequent laxatives, over-eating, and under-eating can all play a part on why the digestive system may not be doing what you need it to. However, throughout treatment, individuals learn how to implement healthy eating patterns which can aid in regulating the digestive system. Life’s always much easier when you don’t have to run to the bathroom every other hour!
Gaining Self Love and Appreciation
Stopping self-harming behaviors by engaging with treatment exercises and remaining in recovery is an act of self-love in itself. And, throughout your time in recovery, you’ll learn a number of other self-love techniques which will help to diminish that voice in your head telling you that you’re not good enough. While your issues may differ from other women in eating disorder recovery, there are methods to address each and every self-harmful thought or behavior you may be experiencing. Imagine being able to end the day without a single negative thought about yourself or self-harming behavior. If you stick with eating disorder recovery, you’ll get to this point eventually, and thank yourself for the rest of your life!
Are you in Eating Disorder Recovery?
Have you recently went to treatment for an eating disorder or do you think you may need help with an eating disorder? Here at Lily Pad of St. Augustine, we offer a number of services which include safe housing for women working to leave the struggle of eating disorders in the past. If you need treatment or housing for yourself or a loved one, please reach out to us today at 561-758-1011 or contact us through our website.