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Prioritizing Recovery

By: Aimee Lightburn, MA, LMHC, Primary Therapist at The Renfrew Center of Orlando

Posted on October 28, 2019

How many times have you said or heard, "It's okay, I'll do it tomorrow." How many times has that phrase influenced your productivity, or kept things from moving in the right direction? Procrastination often occurs in eating disorder recovery and can make something difficult even harder. After leaving treatment, many people go back to school or work, or back to taking care of their families. It's no wonder recovery can feel like it needs to be put on the back burner. However, prioritizing recovery is crucial to success and can be one of the most helpful ways to ensure you are taking care of yourself physically and mentally.

Try to think of the reasons why you must prioritize recovery, whether it's for self-compassion, self-worth, accountability, or support from loved ones, and start from there. Prioritizing recovery can mean checking in on yourself and being mindful about where you are in the process, starting a plan to prioritize your recovery and ways to stay on track, setting aside time for yourself, reaching out to loved ones or support people for help, and anticipating any antecedents or upcoming adjustments. At the end of the day, you make the decision to stay on track with recovery. Hold yourself accountable to staying on that track and make recovery your priority.

Many great things can be done in a day if you don't always make that day tomorrow.

Aimee Lightburn, MA, LMHC, is Primary Therapist at The Renfrew Center of Orlando. She received her Bachelor's degree in psychology from Albright College and her Master's degree in Applied Clinical Psychology from The Pennsylvania State University. Aimee has many years of experience working in the mental health field and is excited to continue her journey working with eating disorders.

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