People sometimes think they understand eating disorders because they can “relate.” They can relate to feeling unattractive, or not liking their body, or wanting to meet societal beauty standards. They too have skipped a meal, or forced themselves to exercise, or haven’t liked what they see in the mirror. And that’s what an eating disorder is, right?
Thinking the above keeps people from seeing what an eating disorder actually is: a severe and life-threatening mental illness.
Grief is an overwhelmingly difficult emotion at any point in life, and can be particularly destructive to a person’s mental health when they’re struggling with a mental illness. While my experience with loss is post-ED recovery, I’m here to talk about how I coped, with the hope that it can help someone wherever they are on their recovery journey.
As with all things recovery, there is no checklist. What’s a big deal for one person’s recovery might not be all that important for someone else’s. But, here are the some of the reasons I consider myself recovered: