Helpful tips – ED Recovery

by Samantha MacKenzie

Helpful tips – ED Recovery


If you follow my Instagram, you’ll know that I’ve started talking about my Journey to recovery from an eating disorder. In this post I would like to share five things that have been really helpful in keeping on track.


My Tips


Reminding Myself Why I’m On This Journey

When I get down on myself I have to refocus and remind myself that I’m on this journey for a reason. While I am plus size, eating disorders do not discriminate and come in many forms I want to be healthy and and strong, you cant be those things if you don’t take care of your body inside and out. My weight at this current time does not dictate my health.


Following Body Positive Influencers

Seeing others on the same journey or people who are living amazing lives in a healthy way is really motivating. I follow plus size models as well because they rock their curves in the spotlight.



I am an over-thinker. Sometimes I need to just drown out my thoughts with noise so I love music and audiobooks. Focusing on something outside yourself can make a huge difference. Watch tv, read a book or learn a new skill. Origami is something I’ve found really helpful. Small paper, lots of instructions…



When I was younger I kept a journal and used it every day. Now I have one for when I want to put something down on paper to get it out, or to look back at and see changes, links to other things and so on. If you don’t like writing down your thoughts, try a gratitude journal or a one sentence a day book.


Talk To Professionals

I know this an be daunting. Believe me. Its taken 16+ years to be really committed. I have a great GP, dietitian and psychologist working with me on all aspects of health and wellbeing. Its necessary. I tried to do it myself but you need an outsider to seeing the things you cant.


There are so many things that can help you on your journey. If you’re not someone in recovery, these tips can be helpful for other mental health issues, low self esteem or just when you get down on yourself.


If you have any tips, leave them in the comments below X

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