Coping and support

By Mayo Clinic Staff

In addition to getting professional treatment for your eating disorder, you can also follow these coping skills:

  • Boost your self-esteem. Get involved in activities that interest you and that are personally rewarding. These may include learning a new skill, developing a hobby or participating in a social group in your church or community.
  • Be realistic. Don't accept what some of the media portray about what's a normal weight and what's an ideal body image.
  • Resist the urge to diet or skip meals. Dieting actually triggers unhealthy eating and makes it difficult to cope with stress.
  • Remind yourself what a healthy weight is for your body, especially at times when you see images that may trigger your desire to binge and purge.
  • Don't visit websites that advocate or glorify eating disorders. These sites can encourage you to maintain dangerous habits and can trigger relapses.
  • Identify troublesome situations that are likely to trigger thoughts or behavior that may contribute to your eating disorder so that you can develop a plan to deal with them.
  • Look for positive role models, even if they're not easy to find. Remind yourself that the ultrathin models or actresses showcased in popular magazines often don't represent healthy bodies.
  • Acknowledge that you may not be the best judge of whether your eating habits and weight are healthy.
  • Consider journaling about your feelings and behaviors. Journaling can make you more aware of your feelings and actions, and how they're connected.
Feb. 08, 2012