This week is Eating Disorders Awareness Week so I thought I’d share something positive and uplifting to inspire hope for the future.
My eating disorder support group has really kept me going through the many lockdowns of this pandemic. I’m so grateful it adapted to online delivery and continues to be a huge source of help and guidance at this very tricky time.
One of the recent group topics I attended was on Positive Affirmations and it really gave me a boost.
We explored the value of positive statements and how to incorporate them in our everyday lives to truly believe and reinforce them.
I usually write such things in notebooks or journals and others in the group said they put them on post-its around their mirror or in frames in their bedrooms. Fab ideas!
Towards the end of the session, we each had to write two or three of our own affirmations in relation to eating disorder recovery and share them in turn.
I thought it might be helpful to print them here, so you can hopefully feel as inspired as I did following the group…
My happiness does not depend on my weight or size, but on who I am and what I do
Today I will abandon my destructive behaviours and start using behaviours that are good for me
I am a survivor and I am a warrior. I don’t need my eating disorder to be good enough
I am courageous and from today I will stand up for myself
My life is just beginning, not ending
I will not define myself by my past
How I feel about myself has nothing to do with what I eat or don’t eat
The process of recovery may be challenging, but it’s worth it and I know it
I deserve to be happy and I deserve to fulfil my dreams
I deserve to treat my body with respect
I will love and appreciate myself
I don’t need to do excessive exercising to deserve food
Everyday I become stronger and healthier
I forgive myself for not being perfect because I know I’m human
The past does not equal the future unless you live there
I am more than what people think of me
Be gentle with yourself
Love yourself as you would your loved ones
I’m doing the best I can with the knowledge and experience I have so far
I’m not a victim of my past experiences
I have survived this before I can do it again
I will not be hard on myself today
I am worthy of self-love and the love of other
I am strong
Just because I think it doesn’t mean it’s true
My worth is not dependant on my weight
I cannot see the outcome of the journey, but I can take the next step
I do not need to exercise excessively to deserve to eat, it’s a basic human need. I deserve to treat my body with respect.
Did anything in particular resonate with you? Can you think of any others?
Do let me know in the comments below.