Self help activities support your recovery and help you expand your awareness, develop life skills, develop self acceptance and self appreciation, develop new relationships and equip you to live a life with more competence and joy. Here you will find articles that show you many ways of providing yourself with self help exercises and activities to enrich your life and articles that help you understand your own thinking and emotional process. Topics include: friendships, self-esteem, dreams, binges, relapse, yoga, secrets, check lists, writing, dream journals, gardening, education and career opportunities and more.

Joanna's Eating Disorder Recovery Book: progress and sleep deprivation clarity

HHH_These days I am copy editing, Healing Your Hungry Heart, my self help eating disorder recovery book. This is a fun, challenging and arduous process.

My publisher, Conari Press, sent me the manuscript last week with the copy edits marked.  Now I'm well into the editing and writing process. 

I'm working on the boundary chapter now, and I have to tend my own boundaries. I need to get this job done and still get adequate sleep time. At the same time I'm looking at how sleep deprivation impacts you when you have an eating disorder.

Freeing yourself of self hate





If you have an eating disorder you criticisze and punish yourself.  Your harsh self talk is relentless.

Bulimia, anorexia, binge eating and EDNOS all share this identity debilitating symptom.

Clearing yourself of self hate is fundamental to rcovery,.

Please know there is healing power in love, patient, and kindness.



By recognizing the voices of self-hate

that take over our lives,

we can see the causes of suffering,

and by bringing that suffering into the light

of our inherent kindness and wisdom,

we are freed from it.-

                                      -Cheri Huber

Reader Response to Pro Ana Pro Mia Article: Add Yours

Response to Inside Look at Pro Eating Disorder Online World.  Please add your response in comments so we can support recovery.

I've just been in recovery for 3 months I followed my meal plan by the book.

then I couldn't handle my weight or how clothes didn't fit anymore so. I got into reading pro ana blogs etc.

Bulimia: Recognizing Triggers Levels Five and Six plus Raising the Stakes

Levels five and six of six to recognize and move beyond bulimia triggers.

Level 5

With more practice and more recovery you learn to anticipate what can trigger you. You make self-care arrangements for yourself in advance of compelling urges. 

Level 6

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