5 Tips For Managing Your Eating Disorder Triggers

I have lived with an eating disorder that has developed and transformed over time for more than 13 years. Everyday life can be so triggering when you are recovering from an eating disorder , because you have to face your fear three or more times a day. Not to mention that you are confronted with diet culture triggers just about everywhere you go- including in your own home with the way the media infiltrates just about everything you consume.

When I was in partial hospitalization treatment, one of the most impactful things that my therapist had me do was put a name and face to my eating disorder . By separating my eating disorder from my true self, I have been able to distinguish my eating disorder thoughts from my true thoughts and call out my eating disorder when I am triggered. Take some time and create a character for your eating disorder — whether that is in writing, art, etc.,- and begin to separate yourself from your eating disorder .

2. Voice what you are feeling

If you are with someone who is a trusted part of your recovery, tell them that you are feeling triggered and voice what your eating disorder is telling you. Eating disorders hate being called out and voicing what you are experiencing in the moment will help you to identify your triggers and work through the thoughts and possible behaviors that may be connected to those triggers.

3. Use affirmations

Here are some of my favorite affirmations that might help you as well:

“My weight does not define my worth.”

“Feel the fear and do it anyway.”

“Food is medicine.”

4. Remind Yourself of the Things You Love 5. Share Your Story or Thoughts and Feelings

Sharing your experience with others is extremely empowering and can help you create connection while also inspiring others. When you find yourself triggered, breathe through the moment, use your affirmations, and then later on join one of the eating disorder support groups available on Facebook or on The Mighty and share what you experienced when you were triggered. Using this technique has helped me to feel like I have a purpose in sharing my experience with others, and that empowerment often overpowers my eating disorder thoughts. It is nice to have an outlet where I don’t feel so controlled by my eating disorder , and I hope that sharing your story brings you the same satisfaction.

Originally published at https://themighty.com.

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Ashley Nestler, MSW

Ashley Nestler, MSW

Mental Health Specialist, Author, Empowerment Coach, and Bibliotherapist. Creator of The Ignite and Rise Academy and Releasing the Phoenix