Five For the ED Fighters: Five Things Friday (4.24)

Happy Friday! To say it’s been a busy week would be an understatement. Lately, it seems like anxiety is winning. Days will go by where everything’s fine, and then BAM! it all happens at once. Like, when you get sick and your hard drive crashes all on the same day. (Not saying that happened to me, or anything…)

Still, there are some exciting things to share this week, as part of Clare’s linkup:

Five Things to Keeping Me Sane: 

1. Praying/ meditating.

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Spirituality is an important part of recovery. I don’t know where I’d be without Wednesday night Bible studies. It provides a community for support and can help you rediscover your identity. The Bible puts my worries into focus for me. I shouldn’t be anxious about trivial things like whether I know what I’m eating for dinner or if I sweated enough in my workout today. My Lord is there for me, no matter what. He’s already helped me get this far! Whether you read the Bible, Torah, Qur’an, or prefer a more meditative practice, find one verse or mantra to focus on this week.

My personal favorite for any Christians out there? Matthew 6:25-34, including “Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?”

2. Phone calls home.

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My dad always knows just what to say to put things into perspective for me. I’m such a daddy’s girl but, for so long, I was afraid to talk about my thoughts and fears. I thought doing so would put a burden on my family. Okay, yeah, maybe they might like it if I called a little less, but our relationship has gotten so much stronger.

If you’re struggling with something, don’t be afraid to depend upon your family. Hey, they can never get rid of you! Seriously, though, they care more about you than you might think.

3. Yoga.

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Weight-lifting is my first love, but yoga always calms my mind. Nothing is better than just being in the moment. And child’s pose? I’ll just stay in that forever, please.

4. Chocolate-covered pretzels.

Chocolate cures everything.

5. Walks in the sun.

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Now that it’s getting warmer, taking walks are a must. Even just for ten minutes, it’s so refreshing to just be outside with nature.

Five Things I Pinned: 

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1. The Washington Post: Scientists Manage to Give Mice “Eating Disorders” By Knocking Out One Gene

Eating disorders have genetic and biological factors. I’m not normally a “science” person, but I found this really interesting.

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2. So important to remember! Your thoughts aren’t always you.

3. Anyone else read the book? It’s one of my favorite Nicholas Sparks. Yes, it might be sappy, but I promise it’s worth it. Now, I just need to see the movie….

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4. In My Skinny Genes: There’s No Cure (for Disordered Eating) Like Travel

Needed this on a personal level for an upcoming trip I’m excited (but super nervous!) about, but great insight into how travel forces us to find ourselves again.

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5. Lanzhou Beef Noodle Soup Because, even though it’s warm out, I’m still craving soup.

Five Quotes to Live By:

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Need to remember this.

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Destroy what destroys you

Have a good weekend! What are you all up to? I hope you eat something good, and have some time to relax.

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