38 Steps to Beat Anorexia!

by Anne-Sophie

in Blog

1.   Admit to yourself that you are not OK and that you need help.

2.   Talk to someone close to you.

3.   Schedule an appointment with your physician

4.   Ask your doctor about treatment facilities and/or counselor.

5.   Schedule an appointment with a counselor.

6.   Don’t cancel the appointment.

7.   Listen to the advice of your counselor and then decide whether you should go to a treatment facility or whether you will do an ambulant therapy.

8.   If you decided that staying at a treatment facility is best for you, do a bit more research, either with the help of your counselor or alone.

9.   Make an appointment with the clinic that you like best.

10. Go to the scheduled appointment.

11. Start your treatment as soon as possible.

12. Buy a journal and continuously write down your thoughts, dreams, hopes, fears, worries etc.

13. Think about the reasons why you want to recover from your eating disorder. Write them down.

14. Imagine your life without your eating disorder. Write your thoughts down.

15. When you feel like it, cry, scream, beat a pillow. Let it all out!

16. Believe others when they tell you that it will get better.

17. Create a list of the dreams you can achieve without being sick. Write them down.

18. Persevere!

19. Be honest to yourself!

20. Write down all the negative aspects of living with an eating disorder.

21. Connect with others who have already beat anorexia.

22. Re-evaluate your motives.

23. Are you still being honest to yourself and to your therapist?

24. Throw yourself a pity party, then MOVE ON.

25. Work even harder on yourself.

26. Learn to believe in yourself.

27. Praise yourself when you have reached a goal.

28. Read books that have a hopeful message.

29. Remember you are so much more than your eating disorder.

30. Cut yourself some slack.

31. Learn to trust yourself.

32. Get up after you have slipped and fallen. You don’t have to be perfect. Setbacks happen to all of us!

33. Don’t skip your therapy sessions!

34. Challenge yourself.

35. Remind yourself how far you have come!

36. Always be kind to yourself!

37. Embrace the newfound freedom!

38. Celebrate yourself!


This list is far from compete. Do you have more suggestions? 
Share them with us! Please do, they will help many who are suffering.  


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hannahv January 13, 2012 at 10:02 pm

I have recently learnt that my neighbour has been admitted to hospital because she is so thin due to anorexia. I have always thought that she is a beautiful girl with lovely eyes and smile. It wasn’t until yesterday that I found out and I think that it is so awful because she is a lovely and vibrant girl who if you met you couldn’t dislike however hard you try and yet she thinks that she’s not perfect in this way, that she needs to be thinner for people to like her. I am not a person who often prays but she is always in my thoughts and I am keeping her in my prayers because she deserves to know how beautiful she is without the make up and starvation.


anneso87 January 16, 2012 at 8:37 am

@hannahv I am so sorry to hear this. It is devastating to see someone close to you being caught in this disease. Yes, your friend needs your and our prayers right now. Maybe you can write her a letter telling her that you are thinking of her and that she is not alone? That may help a bit too.


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