Hope Moving Forward
Posted on January 27, 2020
This time of year is tricky: a new semester, almost two months into a new calendar, and a colder climate. At this point in time, if we've set goals or resolutions for the new year, some of us are starting to fall back into old habits and get away from those goals and resolutions. Routines can be adaptive to help manage our lives, and they can provide a sense of comfort.
However, sometimes people tend to resort to unhelpful or harmful behaviors to cope with these changes. This may create a lot of anxiety and stress, and for some, could be leading to feelings of worthlessness. When someone goes back to using eating disorder behaviors, isolating, or getting stuck in negative thinking patterns, it can be hard to get back on track in recovery. My hope is to provide some tools to help navigate this time of change and provide some hope.
When we encounter changes, it is easy to resort to old habits because they are familiar. Someone may isolate when life becomes challenging, engage in eating disorder behaviors, or lash out at those trying to help. Using eating disorder behaviors to manage change and struggles may make achieving recovery that much harder. Recovery is a choice, and it is not easy.
• Remind yourself why you wanted recovery in the first place, as a way to increase motivation to do the next best thing.
• Develop and maintain a strong support system.
• Known and let others known your relapse warning signs.
• Work on developing your belief in your ability to tolerate uncomfortable emotions.
Most of all, we want you to know recovery is possible, and my hope is you are able to maintain recovery or achieve recovery this year!
Taylor Padawer is the admissions and utilization review coordinator for the Renfrew Center of Georgia. She received her bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Georgia, and went on to get her master's in marriage and family therapy from the University of Alabama. With her clinical background, she also helps to facilitate multifamily groups and other groups as a part of the treatment team in Atlanta. Taylor's favorite part of her role is collaborating with her counterparts during weekly conferences.