"What kind of coping mechanisms have you developed to replace your eating disorder?"
- MEDITATION: sitting with myself with peaceful music while just sinking into my thoughts which allows me not to get overwhelmed because the music washes out all the bad thoughts and allows me to rationalize and think over any situation. With gaining weight and gaining a new mindset on life, this type of activity used to be very destructive because I would always let EDs thoughts through before my own, but now I can try and find a solution, not a distraction or mask for the problems I am facing.
- Journaling: Writing about what is on my mind not only helps me to express how I am feeling but allows me to read over and capture my thoughts at a later time to see how rational and real my thoughts are and I have a stable list of how I feel and how I can allow myself to accept and solve those negative feelings or situations. I can look back, read my solution out loud and feel more and more confident about how I resolved everything over and over till I can repeat it in the mirror without looking at my writing with confidence, and act out the solution as well after drilling it into my mind that ED will not get to me.
- Reading or music: I could literally sit in my room for hours and just read and listen to music and express how I am feeling in that way. If i am dealing with a certain issue that a book I have relates to, ill read it or even a magazine article and capture others intelligence on a situation and create my own solution from there. Music is a huge way for me to literally feel like the stress of a situation is leaving my body because I will just sing inspirational songs as loud as I can until the bad thoughts are blown out of my head, this one is my favorite.
- time: recognizing that not everything in my life will be solved in a day and just waiting for the calm after the storm with my head held high has been the most helpful throughout recovery and life. I cant expect any of my problems to disappear with the blink of an eye and when one problem is gone, another will come back but its how I fight each bttle that will make me so much stronger to fight the next.