Exercise in recovery from an eating disorder can be hard to navigate. This post breaks down the good, bad, obsessed and healthy truths about whether you should, or shouldn’t and how to go about it.
Diagnosable eating disorder or not, feelings of panic, guilt, shame, and anxiety are all too commonly becoming “normalised” struggles many can resonate with.
In this lates blogpost I wanted to share just how I transitioned from a place of obsession, rigid rules and fear, to enjoying my weekly bakes and cakes and finding a harmonic “healthy lifestyle” that features both Cake and Kale, and of course my favourite; Flapjacks!
The amazing effects of exercise on increasing mental wellbeing, especially for those with anxiety, depression and PTSD, has been widely documented. But what about when exercise itself can be a contributor to poor mental health, such as in eating disorders?
The role of exercise in recovery from disordered eating is tricky, how do you fight away the ritualistic behaviours? The compulsion? The obsessions? It can become a socially acceptable way to feed into the eating disorders demands.
In this post I offer up my Top 5 Tips to challenging and balancing exercise in recovery.
This is one in the first of a few science related posts I want to do.
I guess you could call it a new “Eating Disorders and the Brain” series.
This stuff fascinates me and it one of the reasons I chose to embark on my BSc in Psychology back in 2013.
I find it amazingly empowering to know that we have incredible brains that adapt depending on our behaviours, but that are also shaped by the world around us, because it puts us back in the driving seat of our recovery.
Approximately 7 months of this year I spent working abroad working on cruise ships as a youth counsellor. I worked with some of the most fantastic team members, seeing the most beautiful places and gained insight into a style of work, & life, I knew little to nothing about.
So why did I walk away from what people called “living the dream”? In this very honest account I shed light on my life on board, the highs and lows, and share how I came to conclude that maybe my ‘paradise’ life was going to look slightly different.
Staying healthy on board can be hard and when I say “healthy” I’m not just talking about the amount of veggies you pile onto your plate. Recently mental health at sea has been a major topic of discussion as well. The hours are long, the work full on, there’s a lot to adapt to and it can be a shock to the system.
In this post I cover my top health hacks to ensure you have maximum fun & remain full of energy on your contracts!
Safe Sailing & Enjoy
In this post I explore anxiety and give you an insight into my own experiences of anxiety. From hyperventilating panic attacks, fear of food, migraines & more, what is the purpose of this “protective” emotion? and how much control do we really have over our perceptions & responses?
It’s ok to feel fear. It’s what we do about our fears that determines who we are and who we become.
From buying a one way ticket to Hell and back, swimming with dolphins, sting ray beaches, cuddles with BIG pussy cats in Mahogany Bay and underground Cuban nightclubs.
This post takes you through my top activity recommendations; these are my favourite memories and most adventurous escapades at sea.
Bound to have you packing your bags by the end.