In this episode of Fighting Anorexia, I talk about triggers that can push you to engage in unhealthy and eating disordered behavior. Triggers can be family members, yours scale, friends, food, pictures of yourself, magazines, the media and its messages, support groups, Pro Ana sites, pressures, jealousy, envy, comparisons, movies, commercials, clothes, holidays, certain times of the year, mirrors and many more.
Whatever your triggers are, you should be aware of them. Think about it and write it down. Whenever you turn to unhealthy behaviors, what are the circumstances around it? Do you see patterns? Were you especially emotional, felt under pressure, had to deal with problems or challenges? Was a specific time of the day or day of the week? Was it a person or a certain situation that triggered you regularly?
When you are at the beginning of recovery, it is important to reduce triggers and avoid them in order for you to strengthen yourself and your recovery. However over time it is a good idea to reintegrate certain triggers in your life again, so that you can live fully and work on overcoming challenges and becoming a stronger version of yourself.
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