Dealing with Pre-Thanksgiving Anxiety
Thanksgiving is right around the corner and for those struggling with Eating Disorders and body image, your anxiety may be increasing the closer we get!
A lot of thoughts, feelings and experiences tend to come up around this holiday such as; how am I going to deal with comments my family members make? How am I going to feel around the food? How am I going to eat? Am I going to end up binging? Should I not eat the day before to earn the Thanksgiving dinner? I hope no one brings my favorite dessert so I don’t have to have it! Will my family pay extra attention to my plate? What happens when my aunt loudly exclaims how full she is and how “bad” she is for eating that much?
This is not even a snapshot of a person’s brain who struggles with an Eating Disorder. In all honestly, just typing that caused me anxiety! Imagine being deep in the struggles of your Eating Disorder and having these thoughts racing around your mind!
Here are some tips to help in your preparation for Thanksgiving!
Remember, this is a holiday that is meant to be an enjoyable one for you. It’s supposed to be a time filled with family, friends, love and gratitude. How can you make this Thanksgiving a good one?
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You can also check out my YouTube channel for more inspiration!
Here are some videos on dealing with family members and on dealing with food on Thanksgiving!
HAVE A WONDERFUL & HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
Binge And Restrict Cycle
Eating Disorder Specialist
Healthy Self Vs. Eating Disorder