"I know that the idea that losing weight because of seasonal expectations is silly, but a small part of me always feels the need to conform to these expectations. But this year, I would like to actually take this comment seriously, and look at the negative mentality it creates towards body image and body positivity."
In this Advice by Kaela vlog, Kaela answers questions submitted from our community about the importance of self-compassion and forgiveness on the road to eating disorder recovery.
"I get you when you feel like the day will never turn around, When you feel like you’ve lost love for yourself and it can’t be found. I know the pain of feeling like a stranger in your own body, and the search for anything to fill that yearning to be some body."
"Engaging our senses (site, smell, hearing, touch, taste) has always been an affective way to bring our focus into the present moment and kick on the parasympathetic nervous system."
"In my experience it is SUCH a strength and resilience factor to become aware of ways that we can effectively regulate and sooth our minds and bodies. One thing that is for sure, life is unpredictable. By building an inventory of skills and supports that help keep us balanced and wind down at the end of the day will support us to better manage stress and stay strong day to day!"
In this Advice by Kaela vlog, Kaela answers questions submitted from our community about navigating the COVID-19 transition period as restrictions are lifted as well as general eating disorder recovery questions.
It is funny how for the past two months we have all been desperate to have life feel normal again and then at the first mention of it many people are feeling like all they want to do is retreat into the familiar experience of isolation. It is like we want connection desperately and yet this new world we are going to enter into feels really unpredictable and scary.
Be assertive with your eating disorder and don’t ever hesitate to tell it off. Your job here isn’t to be kind and nice to something that is sucking you of life, joy and connection. Your job is to give your hopes a chance to become a reality by prioritizing one healthy thing at a time.
In our first ever vlog, Kaela answers questions submitted from our community about navigating eating disorders while simultaneously navigating the uncertain times we are living in due to COVID-19.
"All that we are facing is difficult, there is no doubt about that. But it is also true that whatever else is going on in the world, there is also the most beautiful kindness and a sense of collective camaraderie. We’re one tribe once more. One heart. One team brought together to support one another through this process. Our collective efforts making a difference towards one common goal. There is something quite beautiful about that and I hope we remember the feeling when this has all passed."