People who have an eating disorder often become preoccupied with
negative thoughts about themselves. It is often hard for them to think healthy or balanced
thoughts. Although it is impossible to stop all negative thoughts, you can
reduce these thoughts with a few simple techniques.
Remember that your goal is to feel better with
each passing day. Ask someone you trust to remind you of that when you are
Every day make one encouraging statement to
yourself. For example, say to yourself, "Every day, I am taking better care of
myself and my body."
Remind yourself that you can do this. Say to
yourself, "I am a capable person."
Distract yourself for awhile. Play with your pet, write a "thinking-of-you" note to a friend, listen to an empowering song, or imagine putting your negative thoughts in a box and sealing it shut.
Accept the thought as your experience, knowing that your thinking took some time to form this pattern. It will take some time to learn to think in a different way. Try
mindfulness-based stress reduction to help you with accepting difficult situations and experiences or negative thoughts and feelings.
Spend time with other people. Get to know them. Do
not spend time repeating negative things to yourself.
Make a list
of your accomplishments, such as things you have recently learned, things you
have recently done that were hard for you, or things you have changed
Make plans to do something you have been wanting to
do, such as visit a new store or see a certain movie.
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