Here you will find discussion and personal stories related to the particular stresses and challenges that come with holidays and special occasions.

Suggestions and recommendations are here for moving through these special days as best you can, depending on your level of recovery.


Vulnerable Time is Best Time to Check In

Candy ChangIt's two days after Christmas. How do you feel?

This is a great time to check in on yourself and expand your frame of mind. Compare what you are thinking about now to what you genuinely care about and see if your eating disorder feelings are leading you astray. This could be the time to find your true course.

Journal Exercise for the Holidays

lunapic journal 135537444653538 10December is a month of holidays, rituals, school breaks with family anniversaries and birthdays often thrown in the mix just to make everything more hectic and fun or stressful, depending on your state of mind.

If you feel pressure to perform according to exacting expectations coming from your own self talk or from other people, try this journal exercise.

Fall in love for Thanksgiving

Schwartzberg-Still"We protect what we fall in love with," says Louie Schwartzberg* in his inspiring gratitude TED talk.

What do you love?  Who do you love? Who or what might you love if you opened your eyes and your  heart?  Are you ready to embrace and let your soul reap new joy this Thanksgiving?

Blue Flame Space between Thanksgiving, Hanukkha and Christmas

fire in microgravity blueFlameCandlelight illuminates Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas.  The candle flame has long been a symbol of your own inner fire, soul energy, creative powers and life force.  How do you care for and tend your inner fire now that Thanksgiving has passed and two big holidays are near?

Will you be captured by cultural extravagance and get set uncontrollably ablaze in your eating disorder thinking and behaviors?  Or will you be mindful, appreciative and attentive to your flame within?

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