This Holiday season remember to take time out for YOU

During the hustle and bustle of the Holiday season, we are programmed to find joy in doing for others.  It is equally important to reprogram ourselves to remember to take time out for YOU.  Please.  You deserve some time just for YOU, even if it’s only two minutes!

Enjoy this 2-minute Breathe Break designed to help YOU live a more joyful life:

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Remember, the Journey Is the Destination… and it’s FREE to Breathe!

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National Eating Disorder Awareness Week

This week is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. Yesterday, Columbia College sophomore Ruthy Sher, penned an informative article about NEDA Week, Disordered thinking on eating disorders. Sher clearly articulated one of the three goals of the week:

“reduc[e] the stigma surrounding eating disorders” by properly informing people that “eating disorders are serious, life-threatening illnesses—not choices—and it’s important to recognize the pressures, attitudes and behaviors that shape the disorder.”

Photo by Rebekah Kim

Sher continues, “What it means to live with an eating disorder is definitely not what people assume it to be. Aside from the mental strain eating disorders have on a person, there can be physical consequences as well. According to the National Eating Disorders Association, anorexia has one of the highest death rates of any mental disorder…For a person suffering from bulimia, electrolyte imbalances can lead to irregular heartbeats and possibly heart failure and death.”

In addition to staying informed in regard to the complexities and seriousness of eating disorders, it is also important not to alienate those who may have an eating disorder that is not the more commonly known anorexia, or bulimia. There are a number of eating disorders that are less understood and/or mainstream, and are therefore often misrepresented.

You or someone you love might also struggle with purging disorder, binge eating disorderdiabulimia, or an eating disorder not otherwise specified (EDNOS).  Please, work to stay informed and understanding. It’s often that an eating disorder is the result of myriad past trauma(s)/abuse/neglect/assault(s); and when that’s not the case, any number of causes might be the driving force behind these disorders.

The more we share, engage and work together, the faster we’ll be on our way to leading joyful lives!

Eating Disorder Resources

(Per the Eating Disorder Center of Denver.)

EDC-D Professional Resources – More on consulting, paper presentations, dual diagnoses and events.
Mirror-Mirror.org – Web site dedicated to raising awareness and providing information on eating disorders. It includes definitions, signs and symptoms, getting help, relapse warning signs, approaching a loved one and more.
The Center for Healthy Living’s Eating Disorder Resource Guide – A complete source for learning about anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating and the many treatment centers available for help.
Healthygenius.com – A mental health disorders portal that addresses a variety of disorders, including eating disorders, depressive disorders, impulse control disorders, anxiety disorders, sleep disorders, bipolar disorders and many more.
BeyondtheMirror.org – A counseling center for women and youth. It is dedicated to empowering individuals to see beyond their reflections through counseling, outreach and education, and connection to services.
Eating Disorder Recovery – An information source that provides eating disorder recovery articles, a discussion forum, DSM-V-TR descriptions, support group information, access to in-patient/residential treatment centers, a self-help workbook and more.
Eating Disorder Answers – A Web site developed by a woman in recovery from an eating disorder. When she was first diagnosed, she couldn’t find one single Web site that had all of the answers. Viewers of the site are encouraged to share their stories.
Eating Disorder Hope – A Web site that offers hope, information and resources to those suffering from eating disorders, treatment providers and loved ones. Services include information, support groups, articles, a virtual library, books, treatment providers and events for individuals struggling with bulimia, anorexia and binge eating disorders.