Eating Disorder Coping Skills
Guide Your Clients to “Feed Their True Hunger”
Eating disorders are an insatiable hunger, which binge eating cannot satisfy (nor starvation deny). This “hunger” is NOT for food – it’s a deeper hunger, from the heart and soul. It’s a hunger for emotional expression. It’s a hunger for unmet needs.
The eating disorder coping skills worksheet below can guide your clients to identify their thoughts, express their emotions, and discover their true needs – so they can “feed their true hunger.”
Use this eating disorder coping skills worksheet in session with your client. Begin by asking them to identify two of three emotions, for which they use their eating disorder as a means of coping. Clarify with your client the purpose that their eating disorder behaviors serve. For example, when feeling stressed, eating disorder behaviors can bring a sense of calmness. Ask your client, “What else could give you a sense of calm”?
There are numerous relaxation strategies which can evoke calmness. If your client “gets stuck,” suggest some ideas. Breathing techniques, guided meditations, aromatherapy, mindful walking or listening to soothing music are all possibilities. With regular practice of healthy eating disorder coping skills, the trigger of stress can become a cue for calmness, completely bypassing eating disorder behaviors.
Use this eating disorder coping skills worksheet as a resource to help your clients overcome eating disorders. Feel free to share this eating disorder coping skills worksheet with your colleagues!
The EDIT™ Certified training programs can provide you with more tools and techniques to guide your clients.