CREATING HEALTHY SELF STATEMENTS
Write out a few statements your Healthy Self can say back to eating disorder thoughts or urges. Even if just a small part of you thinks they are true, write them down anyway. You can always change them.
These are a few to get you started. Now, take some time and write in your journal as many of these statements as you can. Keep your list handy so you can add to it as you become more aware. Remember, these are recovery-minded, helpful statements that at least a part of you believes and would tell others.
PRACTICE TALKING BACK TO YOUR EATING DISORDER THOUGHTS
This assignment goes a step further by asking you to write down some recent Eating Disorder Self (EDS) thoughts, followed by a Healthy Self (HS) response. If you get stuck, refer to the examples in the previous assignment or seek help from someone. You can also look at all the examples provided in the 8 Keys secrets.
You can practice responding to your eating disorder thoughts many times a day, anywhere, at anytime. You don’t always have to write them out, but it is good to do so in the beginning because it will help you figure out what responses really work for you.
COMMENTS FROM OTHERS
Aside from having to deal with your own eating disorder thoughts, most of our clients need to learn how to respond to unhealthy, unhelpful, or triggering‚ comments they hear from family, friends, and others.
More often than not, the people in your life are well-meaning and try to be helpful or at the very least, not make things harder for you. Talking about food, weight, and dieting is very common in our culture, making it almost impossible to avoid hearing these kinds of conversations. Being prepared can help you protect yourself and your recovery. With some preparation, you are less likely to react in ways that will not be helpful for anyone.