Monday, February 22, 2016

National Eating Disorder Awareness Week

Hello Loves!

I do a lot of posts about Mental Health issues. I think they are very important in our life today and for the most part they are ignored. I think it is a good time to take a week to reflect on how many people are affected by eating disorders and how many people develop them. It is a very trying and difficult time.
There are many resources available to help people that are dealing with eating disorders. Something that many people don't always realize is that the eating disorders affect the people around them as well. Here are some tips for people that are helping people with eating disorders:

1. Watch your language
- Be careful of what you say. Some things as innocent as "how are you doing? you look like you've lost weight" can actually be very hurtful. People are much more than their physical appearances and we should address those other complexities.

2. Know the signs
- Know what to look for. Have they lost a lot of weight in a short amount of time? Do they seem depressed, anxious, or both? Do they disappear after meals or avoid social gatherings? Do they seem to lose control around food? Do they spend a disproportionate amount of time exercising? If you can answer "yes" to one or more of these then you need to look into it more. Your concerns may not be met well but at least you're starting.

3. Reach out
- Do you know a student that might be struggling with an eating disorder? Speak out and reach out to them. Let them know that struggling is normal and encourage them to seek help. There are many resources out there.

 NEDA kicked off this week with many different resources available to all. Their theme this year is "It takes 3 minutes" It only takes 3 minutes to complete a screening. There are many ways to get involved. Just learning more about eating disorders and how to support someone that may have or has an eating disorder. It is such a relevant part of our life even without fully noticing.

If you ever need help please don't hesitate to reach out! I am not a professional but I am here to listen. Also reach out to professionals. If you ever need a little extra love check out the Life Lines.

How are you doing?