June 22, 2018, 9:34 a.m.
Whether you're just starting down the recovery path or you're long asymptomatic, healing is a lengthy, difficult process that can leave you completely exhausted. When you've been in recovery for some time and you've heard similar things over and over again, it's easy to feel like there is nothing new to learn. What I've discovered in my own recovery journey is that there is always something more to learn and that healing tends to come in fits and bursts. I have found that there can be periods of intense learning, listening, and processing, and plateaus in between. There are times when I am just not ready to listen and other times when I soak up everything like a sponge, and make incredible strides forward.
So what can you do to keep making progress even when you're in one of those plateau phases of healing? When nothing seems to help - no skills, tools, well meaning advice, therapy etc? For me, it is during these periods that having recovery built into my everyday life is essential. I have compiled a list of some ways I've built recovery and healing into my life that might be helpful for you as well:
Healing takes time...get your skills ready, rally your supports around you and lean into it.
Sonia Seguin is co-founder and Executive Director of not-for-profit organization Body Brave. Body Brave provides peer and professional support to those struggling with body image issues, disordered eating and eating disorders. Sonia suffered from an eating disorder in her late teens and early twenties and has been recovered for 6 years. She has a Masters in Business and Economics and is a certified yoga and meditation instructor. She and the Body Brave team strive to reduce stigma around eating disorders and provide accessible support to those struggling.
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