This year, Thanksgiving probably looks a bit different for all of us. We think it’s fair to say that when this pandemic started, we didn’t imagine it would be affecting our holiday plans quite like it is. But, even though celebrations for Thanksgiving 2020 may not be what we had originally planned, it is likely that there is still a holiday meal in the mix. For those with eating disorders, holiday meals may cause anxiety and worry. We’ve taken a look back at our past blogs around this topic and would like to provide you with Tips for Navigating Thanksgiving with an Eating Disorder.
- Keep the meaning of Thanksgiving at the core of your celebration – Thanksgiving is not just about a big meal. It’s so much more than that. Especially this year, when it may be hard to see the bright spots, try to remind yourself and others about what you ARE thankful for. You could try making a list of all the things you are grateful for to glance at if at any point you feel you need a reminder. We may have to dig a little deeper this year, but there is always something to be thankful for, no matter how big or how small.
- Take time to connect with family and friends virtually – Just because we cannot spend time together in the same space doesn’t mean we cannot take time to catch up with our loved ones. If you are feeling overwhelmed, call, text, FaceTime, or Zoom someone you miss. Most likely, they miss you too, and would love to catch up. Stay strong and know you are not alone during this Thanksgiving.
- Remember, you are in control – You may get overwhelmed with all the obsessive thoughts, stressors, and anxiety you may face, but it is important to take a breath and take back control from ED. Switch your thinking by saying positive affirmations and mantras, and most importantly, be kind to yourself!
- Take it one day at a time – The holidays will come and go, try and stay in the moment and find gratitude when possible, strengths where you least expect them, and joyfulness in the spirit of the season.
- We are here to help – The reality of our current situation is that many are finding themselves needing more support right now. 2020 has not been easy! If you feel you or someone you love may be needing a little extra help during this holiday season, please call us at 888-305-2997 or fill out the form on this page to be connected to a member of our Welcome Center. We offer virtual treatment and virtual support groups, and in-person treatment for the higher levels of care. And remember, you are not alone, and we are here for you.
For more, check out some of our past blogs about Thanksgiving.