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Eating Disorder Recovery
Joanna Poppink, MFT
Eating Disorder Recovery Psychotherapist
serving Arizona, California, Florida, Oregon and Utah.
All appointments are virtual.



Continuing the action steps for eating disorder recovery. Let yourself be as alert and natural as the swan. Be still. Let your breath glide and guide you as you reveal yourself to yourself.

Step Seven:

  1. Sit quietly. Breathe naturally and watch your breath. Gradually breathe more deeply and free your mind.
  2. Review the question you've selected as you breathe evenly.
  3. Pay attention to what occurs to you.
  4. Write the thoughts and feelings which occur to you on the blank pages following the question.
    • You may write unconnected words.
    • You may write partial or complete sentences.
    • You may draw pictures or make shapes.

Whatever occurs to you is of value.

Step Eight:

Pause and breathe evenly. Pay attention to your body. How are you sitting? How are you holding your head, jaw, legs? Pay attention to how you physically feel in your

  • eyes
  • head
  • neck
  • arms
  • hands
  • chest
  • back
  • stomach
  • hips
  • groin
  • legs
  • feet

Don't judge. Just pay attention to what is happening and write it down. You are being mindful.

Step Nine

Let yourself experience images that may flash before your mind's eye.

  • They might be memories, fantasies, wishes or dreads.
  • They might seem inconsequential or irrelevant.
  • You might hear sounds in your imagination with no pictures.
  • Or you might remember smells.
  • Don't judge them. Just accept them and write them down.

Eating Disorder Recovery Action Steps in Online Self Help Workbook  1-3

Eating Disorder Recovery Action Steps in Online Self Help Workbook  4-6

Eating Disorder Recovery Action Steps in Online Self Help Workbook  7-9

Eating Disorder Recovery Action Steps in Online Self Help Workbook  10-12

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Written by Joanna Poppink, MFT. Joanna is a psychotherapist in private practice specializing in eating disorder recovery, stress, PTSD, and adult development.

She is licensed in CA, AZ, OR, FL, and UT. Author of the Book: Healing Your Hungry Heart: Recovering from Your Eating Disorder

Appointments are virtual.

For a free telephone consultation, e-mail her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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