Eating Disorder Coping Skills

 EDIT™ Worksheets | Express Your Self Coping #1 | The 5-Rs   Eating disorder behaviors can often be impulsive – your clients may sometimes feel like “ED just takes over.” As your clients progress in recovery, they realize that there is a moment of choice – although at first it may be very brief. This is the window of opportunity for your clients to use alternatives to their eating disorder behaviors as a means of coping. In that moment of choice, your clients may not be able to think of their healthy coping skills – that’s because ED (Eating Disorder) is the predominant voice in their mind. In that moment of choice, your clients may be able to access IT (Intuitive Therapist) for a brief moment – long enough to think, “Hmmmm, what could I do right now instead of giving into ED?” This is where the 5-Rs Worksheet can be essential! If your client has completed this worksheet in session with you, or as a homework assignment, then they have the completed worksheet to refer to in their moment of need. When ED is active in their mind, they may have a difficult time remembering IT’s suggestions for healthy ways of coping. But if they pull out this completed worksheet, then they have plenty if ideas to use as alternatives to ED. Let’s look at each of the 5-Rs, so you can guide your client to complete this worksheet. The 5-Rs represent five different areas which the client can consider accessing based on their specific needs in the moment. Each of the 5-Rs begin with the letter R (to make these easier for your...

ED Recovery: Morning Self-Care

 EDIT™ Worksheets | Give To Your Self Self-Care Routine #1 | Morning Check-In Eating disorder behaviors can sometimes be your client’s way of life. Eating disorder recovery involves replacing ED (Eating Disorder) with Intuitive Self-Care – truly nurturing and nourishing habits developed through guidance from IT (Intuitive Therapist). As your client gradually integrates new habits which have meaning for them, their old eating disorder habits will gradually disappear. As your client’s life is filled with their new routines of Self-Care, and other meaningful activities in their life, they will suddenly realize, “ED hasn’t been around for a while…  I truly feel free… I wonder if this is what complete recovery is all about?” One of the best places to start guiding your client with Intuitive Self-Care is when they first wake up each day. Their initial waking hours can be a critical time in their day, as they set the stage for ED… or, recovery! This Morning Check-In worksheet illustrates a simple format for your client to complete each morning. The top section of this worksheet includes some basic details about your client’s sleep patterns, which is helpful for your client and also you as a clinician to also be aware of. You can suggest some holistic strategies to improve sleep hygiene – which is related to their bedtime routine (discussed in the next worksheet, page 48 of the pdf file– Evening Check-In). Many clients report having access to their Intuitive Therapist (IT) during their dreams, where they receive a direct message through the dream, or in the dream interpretation. Also of note is that the transition from sleep to waking is also a time when clients can...