National Eating Disorders Association

Valentine’s Day can be a tough holiday, especially when you’re single, having a difficult time with friends, feeling disconnected from community or struggling with disordered eating. But here’s the good news: you can transform your Valentine’s Day to be a day of celebration! And here’s how:

1. Write your damn self a love note.

When was the last time that you explicitly expressed how much you appreciate yourself?

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When our family therapist told us that family relationships were wholly repairable, I was dubious. At the time, it felt like we would never fully escape the chaos, fear, and unhappiness that an eating disorder had brought to our family. We didn’t know how to communicate, to adjust, to support, and to manage in this new situation. But the biggest gift of the holiday season was the joy of seeing rekindled love in my children’s relationships with one another and seeing how we are all learning how better to be happy together. 

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We know how tough it can be to create recovery goals that empower and challenge, not overwhelm or disempower. We asked our followers on Facebook and Instagram to share their goals and words of inspiration for 2017. Check our 17 of our favorite responses below! 

1. “To be honest about my recovery with myself and others.”

2. “To work to create a life outside of treatment that is worth living and motivates me toward recovery.”

3. “To be patient with my recovery. To recognize that baby steps forward are still steps in the right direction.

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Creating New Year’s resolutions can be particularly challenging for many of those in eating disorder recovery. Nine of our writers courageously shared their resolutions and words of inspiration for 2017. Check them out below!

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It’s always been extremely easy for me to care for others while often forgetting to care for myself. With the holiday season upon us, it’s a busy time for many people, which often leads to feeling burnt out. Taking time out for yourself is a necessity—it isn’t selfish or something that you can continue to put off. Self-care is essential in rejuvenating yourself and beneficial to your physical and mental health.  

Below are some self-care tips that I have found useful, and I hope they can help others as well:

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The holidays are a difficult time for many of those who struggle with eating disorders. Six of our writers courageously shared their messages to their past selves. Check them out below. 

Yes, It Will Get Better 

Hey, Kaitlin,

Believe it or not, things will get better. There will come a time when the holidays aren’t full of worries about food and calories and working out. You can skip a workout, and the world won’t end. Holiday cookies aren’t going to kill you. 

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The holidays are stressful for everyone and there tend to be a myriad of events to attend with friends and family. The emphasis on food, especially in very social settings, plus the stress of seeing family and friends you haven’t seen in a while makes for a difficult holiday season.

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Like other holidays, Hanukkah is often a time when family comes together to celebrate the miracles that took place so many years ago. For those in eating disorder recovery, this can be both a time of inspiration as well as a potentially challenging time, due to the nature of large crowds, traditions around food, and time spent with family. Below are 8 tips to help during this time. 

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When your child is struggling with an eating disorder, the holidays can be a complicated time for the whole family. With that in mind, our PFN Steering Committee shared their best tips on how your family can have a peaceful and healthy holiday season.

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‘Tis the season to purchase awesome gifts for your loved ones! NEDA would like to thank our wonderful partners this holiday season for all that they do to support our vision of a world without eating disorders. Want to do your holiday shopping while helping NEDA and the companies we’ve partnered with? Check out these stellar gift ideas below!

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