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Holiday Resource Roundup

NEDA Staff

We always think of holidays as a time of celebration, getting together, reflection, and joy. It is supposed to be the time of the year we should feel good about ourselves, get together, and enjoy each other’s company. For our community, for those of us who are experiencing disordered eating or an eating disorder, holidays can be much more than that. It could be a time of stress, anxiety, and worry.

Navigating the holiday meals, anticipated worry of the comments people could make, and the general stress of the expectations during the holidays create additional challenges for our community. There are various tools and tips that could be helpful as you are navigating the holidays this year. 

As part of our holiday content, we have a variety of new blog posts we invite you to read from experts as well as those with lived experience. We are also including a combination of previous blog posts with tips and tools that can help you as well as your loved ones as you are navigating the holiday season. Even though this is a challenging time, I’d like to invite everyone to think about compression, especially self-compassion, this holiday season. Be gentle to yourself, be patient with yourself, and give yourself compassion. Try to speak to yourself with kindness, listen to yourself and your body carefully and without judgment, and give yourself the space to feel and embrace the joy.   

Sincerely,
Liz Altunkara, NEDA’s Director of Education

 

 

FROM THE NEDA BLOG ARCHIVES:

PURSUING & MAINTAINING RECOVERY

FOR FRIENDS AND LOVED ONES

COPING WITH FAMILY DYNAMICS

REJECTING DIET CULTURE

SELF-CARE & SELF-LOVE

LOOKING FOR FURTHER SUPPORT?

  • Please contact the NEDA Helpline for information, support, and treatment options. 
  • For 24/7 crisis support, please text “NEDA” to 741-741 to be connected with a trained volunteer at Crisis Text Line. You can also contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by dialing 988 or 1-800-273-8255.
  • Our friends at ANAD are also offering support during the holidays! Register here for their Thanksgiving Pop Up Group on Tuesday November 22nd at 7pm CT.