• 16
  • Jan

Holiday Tips and Tools for Managing Eating Disorders

The holiday season is often filled with joy, celebration, and togetherness. However, for those struggling with an eating disorder like anorexia or bulimia, it can also bring added stress and anxiety. Food is a central theme of many gatherings during this time, making it challenging for those with these disorders. Fortunately, you don't have to face these challenges alone. At Boston Neurobehavioral Associates, our team of experienced psychotherapists offer specialized telehealth services specifically for individuals living with eating disorders. Here are some helpful tips from our team on managing your condition during the holiday season

1. Communicate with loved ones
Open and honest communication is vital during recovery from an eating disorder. Discuss your needs with trusted family and friends ahead of your holiday gatherings. Let them know how they can support you, whether it's by avoiding triggering conversation topics or making sure there are safe food options available.

2. Focus on mindful eating
Mindful eating involves paying attention to your body's hunger and fullness cues. Instead of eating while distracted, take time to savour each bite.
Engage your senses to fully experience the taste, texture, and aroma of your food. Practising mindful eating throughout the holidays can help you stay connected to your body's needs, helping you reduce impulsive or emotional eating.

3. Practice self-compassion
It's easy to fall into the trap of comparing yourself to other people — and even comparing yourself to the New Year’s resolutions you set last year. Remember to be kind and compassionate toward yourself.
Remind yourself that everyone's journey is unique, and you are not defined by your eating disorder. Make time for self-care activities that help you relax and recharge, like exercise, spending time with loved ones, or simply taking a quiet moment for yourself.

4. Work with a therapist
Planning and asking loved ones for support can help you manage your eating disorder throughout the holidays — and therapy provides invaluable support, too. Our therapists are trained to help you address the root causes of your eating disorder, develop healthy coping strategies, and work toward recovery.

We tailor treatment to meet your unique needs, offering you a safe and non-judgmental space to express your feelings and fears. Together, we can create a holiday-specific coping plan that includes elements like setting boundaries and identifying potential triggers.
As you progress through therapy, you learn practical coping skills, strategies, and tools to manage your disorder. Regular therapy sessions also allow you to track your progress and setbacks, and we work together to help you find success in recovery.

The holidays can pose unique challenges. But with the right tools, support, and professional guidance, you can navigate the season with confidence. Schedule your first appointment to get personalized support from our team at Boston Neurobehavioral Associates.