This time of year can be stressful for anyone. Throw an eating disorder or disordered eating into the mix and the stressors multiply. Holiday gatherings typically include food, friends and/or family, all of which can be triggering for someone struggling with an eating disorder.
Thankfully those experienced in treating eating disorders and disordered eating are acutely aware of the issues that arise this time of year. The National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) published a Holiday Survival Guide as well as tips to make this time of year less stressful. These articles also offer guidance to friends and family as they help their loved ones navigate the holidays.
NEDA’s Lessons in self care: 5 ways to survive and thrive through the holidays when you have an eating disorder
NEDA’s Twelve ideas to help people with eating disorders negotiate the holidays