Easter can be a very difficult time, like most social occasions, the common theme is company and food, but it’s important to remember not to isolate yourself socially.
For many, this is a time for families and friends to come together and indulge in Easter Eggs; it’s a long weekend for everyone to spend in each other’s company, and of course for many families the meal around the dining table.
Some of you might get a trip to the beach if you’re lucky with the weather! Either way, there can often be a certain sense of expectation associated with what Easter weekend is going to involve.
If you have an eating disorder, then most occasions like this might fill you with a sense of dread. Not only will you be more exposed to food and all things sweet, but you may have to spend longer periods of time around other people that you may or may not want to!
Now might be a good time to write a list of your expectations for Easter weekend. What kind of things are you anticipating may happen, and what can you do to make this as easy as possible for yourself.
There is no doubt that the voice of the eating disorder may be louder than normal on some occasions so think about those times when you have managed to quieten it down.
Staff at First Steps Eating Disorders have come up with a few tips to help you through the Easter break:
- Acknowledge ahead of time that there are some things you may find difficult
- Take some time out if you feel things are becoming overwhelming: step into the garden or go to your room and do a puzzle
- Try to have some distraction techniques away from an area where there is likely to be food
- Be honest with people if you don’t want any chocolate for Easter, you could ask for something else instead
- Think about how your friends and family might be able to help and don’t be afraid to ask them for some help
- Try not to avoid food altogether, eating little and often may help reduce cravings and binge eating, therefore it might be good to have something to hand that you feel comfortable eating
Remember, it’s only a few days in the year – it’s good to challenge the eating disorder – but know what your triggers are and equip yourself as best you can!
Happy Easter from First Steps ED