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Self Care During the Winter

Self Care During the Winter

By Alex Raymond, RD, LD. Burr it’s starting to get a bit chilly over here in the DMV area!!   I personally have never been one to favor cold weather. When it starts to get cold (like below 60, I know I’m a baby), I fantasize about migrating to warmer weather. The snow is okay, but honestly, I think I could live without it. I’ve been talking to my clients about this change in weather, and the change in the amount of light we experience, and many find self care difficult. Sometimes people generally feel a bit more tired during the winter due to the darkness and cloudy days. People also find they aren’t outside as often. Sometimes people find boredom sits in. Sometimes it’s a combination of all of those (it certainly is for me!) I thought it might be a good idea to write this post about self care during the winter months. Even though it might be frigid, it’s crucial to take care of yourself and to spend time relieving stress through a positive outlet.I like to call this “building your self care tool box.” The more tools we have, the more we can choose from when stress sets in. Here are some ideas: 1. Finding a new hobby   The winter months may be a great time to find a new hobby! It doesn’t have to be a hobby you’ll shine in, but just something different to spend your time. This would also be a good way to challenge that perfectionist voice. I’ve considered signing up for a few painting classes this winter. Granted, I am...
Eating Disorder Recovery During the Holidays

Eating Disorder Recovery During the Holidays

By Alex Raymond, RD, LD. Aah, the holidays are right around the corner…… Even though Christmas stuff has been out in the stores since August. Sure, the holidays can be a joyful time for many of us. I personally remember loving the holidays growing up. I got to travel to my grandparents’, hang out by fire, eat some cookies, and most importantly, I didn’t have to go to school. Nowadays, the holidays are a bit different… I wind up traveling to see my mom or dad who live out west. My apartment sadly doesn’t have a fireplace, but I’ll snuggle under a blanket. And, I still eat cookies… As wonderful as the holidays can be, they can also be extremely stressful. When healing from an eating disorder, being around food, maybe moving less, hanging out with family, can all be triggers to increased ED thoughts about food and body. With many of my clients, we spend time discussing these triggers and possible healthy coping tools. That’s why I created this holiday guide. I wanted to give my clients space to brainstorm ideas about the holidays (struggles, excitements, plans, worries…etc) and different coping tools to use. You can refer back to this guide throughout the holidays when you feel you need a reminder of what to do. I’d encourage you to add to it and to use with various members of your treatment team. Click here to Download the Guide to ED Recovery During Holidays Worksheet     I also wanted to use this blog to talk about some coping skills to use, especially on the big family gathering days:   ...

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