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Leaning Into Life

By: Susan Kleinman, MA, BC-DMT, NCC, CEDS,Dance/Movement Therapist for The Renfrew Center of Florida

Posted on October 15, 2017

Before you came to Renfrew, you engaged in various eating disorder behaviors that you thought helped you cope with life stressors. You were leaning away from life. While at Renfrew you learned the importance of leaning in — into those uncomfortable feelings to manage emotional distress and worry-some thoughts.

When anxiety builds inside of you, threatening your ability to maintain your sense of well-being, it is not always easy to call on these skills, but here are some suggestions that might be helpful.

For those of you who were at The Renfrew Center of Florida you may recognize these quotes from the bulletin board in the Movement Room. See what wisdom they have for you now as you practice mindful awareness of your feelings, thoughts and behaviors to sustain your recovery.
  • Make is safe enough to feel all of your feelings: Create a soothing space where you can center and experience your true self.
  • Have the courage to believe in yourself - quiet your thoughts and let your body lead: Create a phrase (movement or verbal) that you repeat as a mantra for a sense of harmonious calm.
  • Become the author of your own story: Explore your goals for "today" and "tomorrow" so you can move in directions that are meaningful.
  • Accept yourself: Recognize that all you need is within you and transform your "frenemy" into a friend for life.

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