021 Fighting Anorexia – Surround Yourself with Positivity

by Anne-Sophie

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Even though I am trying so hard to have a great time during my vacation, thoughts of being too fat, of eating way too much, of not deserving to enjoy myself and the delicious food keep on creeping in my head.

Yesterday was an especially hard day. I was crying, sobbing, just hating myself.

What do we do when we are in such a dark place?

We surround ourselves with pure positivity! Here are some examples:

 

1. Listen to or read POSITIVE feedback that you have received in the last days, months, years.

2. Read previously written cards with positive or motivational messages

3. Go to your happy place

4. Think of something, anything that makes you smile (a happy memory, a funny movie)

5. Write a letter to yourself.

6. Lie on the floor, spread out your limbs and BREATHE. Look around and see the light.

7. Have inspirational quotes on hand or learn them by hard and read them out loud.

8. Don’t look in the mirror on those days and avoid pictures of yourself, your mind is playing tricks with you

9. Create an atmosphere that is positive: buy some flowers, candles, listen to upbeat music or music that can take you to happier places

10. Remind yourself of everything that is positive in your life (and there is ALWAYS positivtiy!)

If you would like to leave me some feedback, you can mail it to feedback@fightinganorexia.com

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Liz December 13, 2011 at 5:55 am

Hi Anne-Sophie. I just wanted to say this is a really wonderful post which I find inspiring as someone who suffers from depression and has also suffered from anorexia in the past. It can be so hard to let go of the negative thoughts sometimes but these ideas are really great. I really admire what you’re doing and know that you are helping so many other people by sharing you’re amazing journey. Stay strong, you can do it.

xo

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Anne-Sophie December 14, 2011 at 9:14 am

Dear Liz,
I am glad to hear that this post helped you. I have struggled from depression too, so I know how hard it is to get rid of those negative thoughts. If I can help you in any way, please let me know.
Love, Anne-Sophie

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Liz December 13, 2011 at 5:58 am

Hi Anne-Sophie. I just wanted to say this is a really wonderful post which I find inspiring as someone who suffers from depression and has also suffered from anorexia in the past. It can be so hard to let go of the negative thoughts sometimes but these ideas are really great. I really admire what you’re doing and know that you are helping so many other people by sharing your amazing journey. Stay strong, you can do it.

xo

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Nannie December 21, 2011 at 7:20 pm

First off I would like to say great blog! I had a quick question that I’d like to ask if you don’t mind. I was curious to know how you center yourself and clear your thoughts prior to writing. I have had a hard time clearing my thoughts in getting my ideas out. I truly do take pleasure in writing but it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are usually wasted just trying to figure out how to begin. Any suggestions or tips? Thanks!
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Anne-Sophie December 22, 2011 at 9:05 am

Dear Nannie,
Thank you so much for your answer. I am glad to hear that you like the blog.
I have to admit that I still have a hard time – just like you – to just start writing. Even if I have a great idea for a blog post, I find myself questioning if I can pull it off. What I would suggest to you is to just start. Write. It doesn’t have to be perfect, it can even be super bad English, the ideas don’t have to be phrased perfectly. Then, once you experience a flow and the first draft is done, you can go back and edit. That is how I do it. I often even wait a day or two until I look at my first draft again in order to edit it and sometimes the blog post turns out completely differently than I had intended.
Have you tried brainstorming before you start writing? This might help too.
I hope this gives you a few ideas.
Love,
Anne-Sophie

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