Most people with eating problems can recover if they receive support and help, learn how to sort out their problems, cope with the causes and improve their relationship with food.
You can help yourself by talking to people you trust; people with the same problem via a support group, drop-in centre, or an online forum. With online, it’s important to be aware and make sure that you stay safe. There are lots of websites and forums that promote eating problems, and getting involved with them may make it harder for you to get better.
There is a therapeutic technique called mindfulness, which can help you to try change the way you think, like regularly noticing the things around you, your feelings and how your body feels. When you slow down and observe, you can become better at understanding your own reactions and moods. You could try relaxation techniques such as meditation or yoga.
You could do things that help you feel good about your body, like having a massage. Boost your confidence, like asking friends to write down their favourite things about you.
You could change unhealthy routines. For example, buy smaller amounts of food if you are overeating, or make sure you do something fun after meals if you’re worried about purging, or think of positive goals that aren’t about eating.[clear-line] Mind. For more information or advice on eating disorders, please visit Mind. [clear-line]