Recovery

Mental Health Nurse, and Beat Ambassador, Emma Richard’s “TOP TIPS” for Coping At Christmas

Mental Health Nurse, and Beat Ambassador, Emma Richard’s “TOP TIPS” for Coping At Christmas

Christmas is thought of as a time of year to celebrate and share with loved ones, it’s meant to be a fun filled experience full of festivities and joy. However living with an eating disorder at Christmas time can be incredibly difficult.

Top Tips for Balancing Exercise in Recovery from an Eating Disorder

Top Tips for Balancing Exercise in Recovery from an Eating Disorder

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.

Anxiety: Friend or Foe?

Anxiety: Friend or Foe?

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.

Combat Comparisons

Combat Comparisons

How often do we find negative self-talk is on automatic pilot? Or spending too much time eyeing others up wishing we had what they had, and undervaluing our incredible potential and beauty? 
Here we explore the dangers of negative comparisons, how it builds the records that spin in our heads daily, and ways in which we can challenge and change to build self-confidence and body positivity. 

Preventing Relapses At University

Preventing Relapses At University

Stress is one of the main triggers of relapses in eating disorders. When the stress piles on we panic. We feel out of control and the natural response is to resort to our coping mechanisms, our safety blanket, and in this case the control of food and weight can seem an "easy escape" to help manage the stress of exams. Here we explore this issue and look at ways in which we can keep healthy and happy whiist smashing our studies.