06 Apr How Those With Eating Disorders Can Prepare for summer
The anticipation of summer and its warmer weather can often heighten body image concerns amongst those in recovery from an eating disorder. The focus on bathing suits, skimpier clothing, and dieting to get “bathing suit ready” can be difficult to manage for individuals of any size and may exacerbate negative body image and eating disorders.
Consider that you will probably draw more attention to yourself bundled up in a hoody on a 90-degree day than you will if you wear clothing that blends in with what everyone else is wearing while you soak up some sun.
One common mistake among those with or recovering from eating disorders is wanting anxiety to subside before engaging in a certain behavior—in this case, wearing summer clothing. However, the only way to get over anxiety is to face it.
It is better to engage in activities now than to wait for a perfect opportunity that may never present itself. And then you’ve missed out—summer activities offer the opportunity for pleasure, socialization, movement, and vitamin D!
The deliberate facing of feared situations is a core component of cognitive-behavioral therapy and key to the successful treatment of anxiety and similar problems. This can be applied to summer clothing and activities as follows: