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5 years in recovery, now anxiety

Hi. Along with everything else going on this year, the clinic that I work at is closing. I have a very specialized degree. I’m trying to find another job in the state I live in, but it looks like I may need to move out of state again. I just bought a custom built home a month ago here, and only moved in 3 weeks ago. I am beside myself again tonight. I have been without ED behaviors for 5 years and have only rarely had ED thoughts during that time. But in the past few days I have been inching closer and closer to behaviors and am having thoughts almost constantly because my anxiety is so high. I’ve been out of therapy for 4 years. I don’t know what to do. I know it’s all about control right now, which I have very little of in these recent situations. Thanks for listening.

Dear decker

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Hi Hdecker,

I am sorry to hear you are strugling but I want to congratulate you for keeping yourself strong.
If anxiety is triggering your ED thoughts, why not to schedule a few sessions with your therapist to work on it? In that way, you could feel better and avoid any type of ED slip.

In my personal case, mindfulness helps a lot. There are a lot of 15-20 minutes mindfulness-guided sessions in the web that you can take.

When I am too anxious, sometimes I cry because I can not stand still and focus. But little by little, I start letting my anxiety go.