When I think back to my first few months in eating disorder recovery at Woodstone Residence (now the Looking Glass Residence), I recall being overwhelmed by the intensity and unfamiliarity of my new routine. Stepping into treatment felt like I was an unarmed and untrained soldier being going into battle for the first time.
Do you ever look back on situations, experiences or memories, and feel like you were completely checked out?
Sometimes I wake up and think; have I been asleep for the last 6 months? What have I missed?
Q: If I don’t step on the scale, how am I supposed to know how I feel?
A: I am so grateful I got asked this question because it raises a very important issue and one that I feel deserves to be written about.
When I first went into recovery, I knew that it was going to be a learning curve, but one of the hardest lessons I had to learn was to do with exercise. There had been so much focus on my weight and eating habits in the early stages of my recovery that exercise was anything but in the forefront. It wasn’t until about a year into my recovery that I was faced with a difficult truth: exercise isn’t always healthy.
I remember the first time I learned about eating disorders. My mom bought me an illustrated book called “Woman Up!” from Chapters...
Q: I keep getting told I need to feel my feelings but I don’t know how to do that or what it even really means.
A: As a therapist, many people believe that the main area of focus in my work with clients would be on helping them understand and work through their emotions. This belief would be accurate.
It’s time for us to talk about To The Bone.
Given the flurry of media attention surrounding the controversial Netflix film, and the complexity of the issues raised by the individuals and organizations who have voiced their opinions of it, Looking Glass has decided to compose a collective response to the film from our perspective as an eating disorder recovery-focused organization.
Words are a weapon. Words are medicine. Words can be cruel. Words can be beautiful. The power of language is a gift and a tool entrusted to humanity, and it took a lead role in many of the lessons I learned at this year’s Looking Glass Summer Camp.
Q: I am heading back to school this year and am worried about maintaining my recovery when I am under all that stress. Any thoughts?
A: I love this question and in large part because simply asking and being worried about this very valid concern means you are already taking steps to prevent a relapse.
Q: How do I allow my supports into my recovery process?
A: One of the most common issues when someone is struggling with an eating disorder is often self-enforced isolation. One of the most important pieces of recovery is letting others in so we can heal and move towards a healthy recovered life.