The run up to Christmas can be really exciting: preparing for holidays, time with family and friends, parties, presents and often lots of food. But that excitement can be equalled and even overshadowed by worry, guilt, resentment and panic when you know there’s going to be an unwanted guest present who is going to be resistant to your polite requests for them to leave. This is what Christmas with an eating disorder can feel like. For both the sufferer and their loved ones.
While I’m sorry to say there is no fail-safe solution to this seeming contradiction in emotions, I have tried to come up with a few pointers to help you get ready for and get through the day. They won’t all be applicable to you and your situation, but might help you get started…
Contributed by Lucy
Recovery takes time and it isn’t a race – as long as I’m on the right track it doesn’t matter how long it takes me to reach the finish line. I'’ll get there eventually, and next Christmas perhaps anorexia won’t be invited at all.
Isabella discusses navigating Christmas with an eating disorder and Beat's support services over Christmas.
In the run-up to Christmas, there is a lot to juggle. The gifts we need to buy, the plans we have to make to see loved ones, how we might manage disruptions to our routine - all of these things can be difficult to handle at once.